Volume 7, Issue 9, January 6, 2011
Special to Seattle Sportsnet
Written by dedicated Dawg Pack members
-University of Oregon Ducks (7-7) vs. #23 University of Washington Huskies (10-3).
-Hec Edmundson Pavilion, Seattle, WA
-Thursday, January 6, 2011, 5:32 p.m. PST.
In case you missed it, the University of Oregon just hired former Creighton head basketball coach Dana Altman (pictured, at right) to assume the same position in Eugene. While Altman is a decent enough guy with an above-average coaching pedigree, he was probably the school’s tenth or eleventh choice for the vacant post previously held by the infamous Ernie Kent.
The Ducks began their well-chronicled search for a strong basketball mind over a month ago when they fired Kent after 13 seasons at the helm. After attempting to lure a plethora of big-name coaches with large sums of money (Mark Few, Tom Izzo, Tubby Smith, Jamie Dixon, just to name a few), the university was forced to adjust their qualifications for the ideal job candidate. We came across their most recent want ad a few days ago on CraigsList. Take a look.
Head Basketball Coach (Eugene, OR)
Date: 2010-04-20, 12:00 PM PDT
Reply to: firstname.lastname@example.org [Errors when replying to ads?]
Semi-prestigious university based in Eugene, Oregon is seeking a head coach for its men’s basketball program.
Today is a sad day. It marks the end of a beautiful relationship that we shared together. The University of Washington students and you, Ernie Kent, head coach of the Oregon Ducks and our greatest adversary.
A foe unlike any other, you proved yourself worthy of our animosity, our scorn, our jokes, and our begrudging respect all at the same time.
You were a stubborn man, but not without conviction. Our tumultuous working relationship, in fact, began as a result of your headstrong attitude.
Back in 2005, you decided you wanted our student section relocated to your personal liking. The Dawg Pack, you argued, should not breathe down the necks of opposing ballclubs. The Dawg Pack, you reasoned, would be better situated across the court, or at least along the baselines.
You even went so far as to petition the Pac-10 with your proposal. Unfortunately for you (and fortunately for us), they shot you down. Legend has it that then-Arizona head coach Lute Olson stood up on our behalf, praising the Washington student section and insisting that we not be moved.
Back in the day, Ernie Kent caption contests were a fun way to pass the time on Husky fan forums and message boards. Now, we invite you to participate in the inaugural EKCC on the pages of SeattleSportsnet.
The rules are simple: We give you an image of Ernesto, you type a caption to go along with the image in the comments section. Best caption wins. In the process, everyone has a great time and gets a good laugh.
Here’s your image, sent to us by loyal reader Michael L.:
Scene: Oregon player commits a foul, looks at Coach Ernesto, and gives him the “I didn’t commit a foul at all!” look. Ernesto, in response to his player’s action, barks at the ref.
Fan A: He’s lying to you, Ernie! He committed the foul! Honesty starts from the top down, it starts with the coach! Honesty is the best policy!
Fan B: That was for Mrs. Kent.
Don’t need to name any names here, but that sequence was really uttered by Dawg Pack members today, and I figured it would lighten the mood a little bit.
Volume 6, Issue 12, January 2, 2010
Special to Seattle Sportsnet
Great job starting off Pac-10 play right Dawg Pack! We hope you all had a great night celebrating the win and bringing in the New Year.
This next game is huge because ESPN The Magazine will be present to do a story on the Dawg Pack, and it is our annual — and perhaps last — Mexican Heritage Night, in honor of Oregon head coach Ernie Kent. Make sure to come decked out in Mexican attire and be ready to celebrate our neighbor to the south.
Make no mistake. This is a huge game for the Huskies. Oregon represents all that is bad in this world. Washington represents all that is good. If the good in this world is to prevail over evil, the Dawgs must win this ballgame.
On top of all that, there will be a spotlight on Washington in this game, as ESPN will be in the house. The Network is profiling the Dawg Pack for an article in their upcoming fan issue. A good showing by the crowd is just as important as a great showing from the team.
Finally, if you’re a new Dawg fan, take note of the fact that tomorrow is Mexican Heritage Day at Hec Ed.