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SLate: Wednesday Afternoon Edition

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Baseball and tennis coaching news, plus...basketball?

JT VanGilder

Previously

Yesterday we hit 81 days to kickoff, so BracketCat brought us a profile of incoming freshman Malik Knowles, and since we’re bringing you the slate after the countdown post for today, be sure and check out #80 Adam Harter.

Baseball

The big news yesterday was the introductory press conference for new K-State baseball coach Pete Hughes. Hughes goal is an “Omaha standard” [a place he’s never taken a team], and Hughes hit many of the marks Athletic Director Gene Taylor was looking for (Robinett, Eagle). For his part, Hughes is counting on his previous Big 12 experience to give him a leg-up at K-State (Ryan Black, Mercury).

Tennis

Barely a month after leading her squad to an NCAA Tournament appearance, head tennis coach Danielle Steinberg is leaving K-State to take the head coaching position at the University of Colorado; assistant Jordan Smith has been named the interim head coach by AD Taylor (Black, Mercury). Steinberg had previously been mentioned as a candidate for the open Arizona position, her alma mater, and so returns to her Pac-12 roots at Colorado.

Basketball

Mo Bamba got a lot of press as a key interior player at Texas, and a likely NBA lottery pick in the upcoming NBA Draft. But now he’s generated a little bit of press for K-State, as he singled out K-State’s Dean Wade as “one of the toughest players that [he] played against as far as just scouting” (Robinett, Eagle).