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What do Wichita State recruits know?

Wichita State pitching coach Brent Kemnitz joined the program as a graduate assistant and completed his 35th season.Not much. Like everybody else, they are playing a waiting game.

Wichita State signed 10 players in November and I talked to four on Tuesday, none of whom had been contacted by anyone from WSU.  All indications, following a Monday meeting, are that coach Gene Stephenson is on his way out after 36 seasons. Pitcher Reagan Biechler, from Colorado Springs, talked to a current Shocker, who told  him to hang tight and see how things worked out.“I’ve heard (pitching coach Brent) Kemnitz will probably stay,” Biechler said. “I’m just seeing who comes in and if any of the coaches stay, like Coach Kemnitz. He’s a big reason why I chose Wichita State.”The possibility of Kemnitz remaining on the staff was not raised on Monday. Kemnitz left the baseball offices and declined comment after meetings. That scenario has been raised for many years by fans and the media. He is popular with former players and could provide a link to past success and help with the transition. If this is a possibility, it would seem an indication that athletic director Eric Sexton is looking at candidates comfortable working with Kemnitz.

Beyond that speculation, the recruits are wondering like the rest of us.“It’s a little worrying,” infielder Nathan Winfrey, from Kansas City, said. “But it happens in baseball. I don’t know much about it.”

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