Moos schedules meeting with Bone

KEN BONE

WASHINGTON STATE athletic director Bill Moos said Monday he tentatively plans to meet with basketball coach Ken Bone next week to discuss the program's direction and, presumably, Bone's job status.

"I communicated with Ken we'll get together maybe as soon as tomorrow but probably next week and recap the season and talk about where we're going from here," Moos said on his weekly radio show in Spokane.

Moos meets with all head coaches at the end of the season. Moos said last month that he had not decided whether he would retain Bone. He also said his decision would not be determined solely by the fact that Bone is owed $2.55 million for the remaining three years on the seven-year contract he signed when Jim Sterk was athletic director.

Moos did not respond directly when a listener asked if Bone would be retained or if Bone's contract would "preclude" him from being let go.

"Well, we've talked many times about observation and assessment (of coaches)," Moos said. "That's ongoing, and really, the climax of that whole process is at the end of the season, where we get to really sit down and visit.

"We don't get to do that during the season unless there's a pressing problem or unless there's a question about recruiting or scheduling. This will give us a chance to have a long visit and chart our course."

Bone posted winning records his first three seasons at WSU, and the Cougars made strong showings in the 2011 National Invitation Tournament and the 2012 College Basketball Invitational.

Discontent among fans grew this season when the Cougars finished 13-19 and came in last in the Pac-12 Conference for the second time in Bone's four years on the job.

Moos said he was "proud" of the Cougars when they rallied from 19 down in the second half to tie Washington in the opening round of the Pac-12 tournament last Wednesday in Las Vegas. Poor execution late in the game, a common malady of the Cougars in many close losses this season, resulted in a 64-62 loss.

"Kind of the story of our season," Moos said.

Bone is 70-65 at Washington State, including 26-46 in conference games.

Asked about his job status after last Wednesday's game, Bone said, "I'm just not too concerned about that.

"I think we've done a good job. Decisions will be made, whether it's this year or next year or the following year."

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