PULLMAN, Wash. - Ken Bone was fired as Washington State University's basketball coach during a meeting with Athletic Director Bill Moos Tuesday morning.
"Ken and I met earlier today," Moos said in a written statement. "At that meeting I informed him I would be making a change in the direction of the program. I appreciate what Ken has done for Cougar Basketball, leading us to the postseason twice in the last four years, and I thanked him for his service to WSU. But at this point we need to revitalize our fan base, particularly our student body, and position this program to compete for championships."
Just last week, Bone said in an interview with 700 ESPN that he was hoping to return for a sixth season but that decision was out of his hands.
"I sure hope so, I have two years left on my contract," Bone said on March 13. "That's what I would hope to be. But I don't make that call. There's actually someone higher up than me at the university so I don't know."
Bone, who was brought to the program five years ago to replace Tony Bennett, had an 80-86 record -- 29-61 in the Pac-12 -- during his five seasons in Pullman. His tenure in Pullman included post-season appearances in the 2011 NIT semifinals and the 2012 CBI finals, but this last season his team finished with a 10-21 record.
Prior to coming to Pullman in April 2009, Bone spent four years at Portland State where he amassed a 70-49 record and NCAA appearances in 2008 and 2009.
A search for his replacement will begin immediately, Moos said.