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WSU adds new receivers coach Derek Sage

JaMarcus Shepherd's replacement did not take long to find

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Washington State and Mike Leach hired Toledo's Derek Sage as the new inside receivers coach Thursday. The program moved quickly on what will hopefully be the only opening to fill on the coaching staff this offseason. It was announced that JaMarcus Shephard would be leaving the position for Purdue less than three weeks ago.

Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman broke the news on twitter Thursday night about Sage, who has served as the Rockets receivers coach for the past three seasons. Before that, he held the same position at Wyoming and New Hampshire. Feldman pointed out that Sage recruited the prolific Josh Doctson to Wyoming (before he eventually transferred to TCU), and coached under Chip Kelly at UNH.

It will be interesting to see how long Sage will stick around the Palouse. While there will always be movement among assistant coaches, the receivers coach positions have seemingly been a revolving door the past few seasons for WSU. In 2015, Leach hired Shephard and outside receivers coach Dave Nichol after the departures of David Yost and Graham Harrell.

Sage is originally from Nevada, and played college football at Sacramento City College and Cal State Northridge.



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