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Bone introduced as Washington State's basketball coach

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Ken Bone left Portland State to take the job at Washington State.  He said coaching in the Pac-10 is what he's always wanted (Photo: SWX) Ken Bone left Portland State to take the job at Washington State. He said coaching in the Pac-10 is what he's always wanted (Photo: SWX)
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    PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University and Director of Athletics Jim Sterk will introduce Ken Bone as the 17th Cougar men's basketball head coach during a press conference Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. More >>
    PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University and Director of Athletics Jim Sterk will introduce Ken Bone as the 17th Cougar men's basketball head coach during a press conference Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. Bone led Portland State to its finest season in school history in 2007-08, winning a school-record 23 games en route to the Big Sky Conference regular season and tournament titles and making the school's first appearance in the NCAA Division I Tournament. More >>

PULLMAN, Wash. - Trying to put things back to together after losing Tony Bennett to Virginia, Washington State formally introduced Ken Bone, of Portland State fame, as their new men's basketball coach on Tuesday.

Bone, along with Athletic Director Jim Sterk, addressed the media both in person and over the phone in a news conference in Pullman.  They declined to discuss the details of the coach's contract, saying the details are still being worked out.  Figures, they said, would likely be available in a few days.

The formal announcement means the school - and the fans - can move on after losing Bennett in somewhat of a surprise move. 

Addressing reporters on Tuesday, Bone said he was excited to be able to continue coaching in the Northwest - and most importantly a bigger conference.

"To be able to coach in the Pac-10 is the ultimate to me," Bone said.  "I know there are a lot of great conferences around the country, but for me the Pac-10 is as high as I've dreamed of going."

The son of coach who also has a brother coaching high school basketball, Bone said his offensive system is one based on - surprise - Dick Bennett's system.  Of course, it's not exactly the same.  He said screeners are in different places and players have more freedom to shoot the ball.  It's also more up-tempo, as was evidenced by his teams at Portland State.

"I know for me, myself and Klay [Thompsoson], that's exciting for guys like us," said current Cougar Abe Lodwick after the news conference.  "I think opening it up a little bit, for all basketball players - that's fun!"

Lodwick said there is now a sense of calm among team members who were understandably upset after learning about Bennett's departure, even though it's still unclear which assistant coaches - if any - will be around next season.  Bone said he would be speaking with the current assistants and putting his staff together in the coming days.

Another question left without an answer was what would happen with the players who had committed to play at Washington State next year.   Bone said he had already spoken with "a couple of them" and mentioned that one of his priorities will be to make sure they make it to WSU.

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