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March 28, 2013 at 2:11 PM

No real surprise, as Bone confirms he’s returning at WSU . . .

Ken Bone, who this season completed his fourth year as Washington State basketball coach, confirmed in a season-ending teleconference Thursday afternoon that he’s been told by athletic director Bill Moos he’ll be back in 2013-14.

The news was no real surprise, on two counts: The Cougars would have owed Bone $2.55 million, per the seven-year contract he was signed to by former AD Jim Sterk in 2009; and Moos indicated early last week he wouldn’t be meeting with Bone until this week, which suggested there was no hurry to the discussion.

Now, there may be a hurry for Bone, whose team went 13-19 this season, to put together a successful year in his fifth try.

Bone said his talk with Moos didn’t touch on any specific mileposts for 2013-14, such as an NCAA-tournament appearance.

“He didn’t touch on any of that,” Bone said. “We just had a good conversation, and that was about it. We need to get better. Four and 14 (WSU’s Pac-12 record) is unacceptable, for him, Dr. Floyd (Elson Floyd, WSU president), myself, the players.  We need to get better.”

Bone’s record in league games is 26-46, and his best finish was sixth (9-9) in 2011. The Cougars have had two last-place finishes, counting a tie with Oregon State this season.

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