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Morning links: WSU introduces new baseball coach Marty Lees

One day after Washington State announced that Marty Lees will take over the Cougars baseball program, the new coach was officially introduced at a press conference in Pullman.

Sean Kramer covered the event, filing this story, which includes comments from Lees and athletic director Bill Moos. For more background on the hire, here is my story from Wednesday.

Moos hired Lees pretty quickly, barely a week after dismissing Donnie Marbut, so he probably wasn't blowing smoke when he said, "I got my guy." Lees' next step will be filling out his staff—he said yesterday that he's already got one assistant in mind. After that he and his newly-assembled assistants will evaluate the roster and then start recruiting, which by all accounts appears to be his specialty.

Now let's get caught up on what other WSU news has happened recently:

-- The football team signed a talented receiver.

-- WSU basketball won't suffer any academic sanctions after pulling out a superior APR grade.

-- But the Cougars didn't grade well in a ranking of Pac-12 athletic department revenues.

-- New linebackers coach Roy Manning secured a commitment from an athlete who could play on either side of the ball.

Jacob Thorpe
Jacob Thorpe joined The Spokesman-Review in 2013. He currently is a reporter for the Sports Desk covering Washington State University athletics.

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