Moos, Marbut to talk extension

DONNIE MARBUT SPEAKS glowingly about the future of Washington State baseball, and Bill Moos says he's determined to make certain Marbut is part of that future. Moos, WSU's athletic director, said Thursday he plans to discuss a new contract with Marbut "in the next two or three weeks." Marbut has one year left on a three-year contract.

"Marbut needs to be the Cougar baseball coach," Moos said. "He's a shining example of what we want to accomplish here. He took over a program that was in bad shape and he righted it."

Marbut, 36, came to WSU as an assistant coach prior to the 2004 season. He replaced Tim Mooney as head coach in 2005 and has compiled a 184-159 record (.536) in six seasons.

Marbut is believed to make around $100,000 year with base and incentives. For perspective on where he might be headed, consider that Oregon State coach Pat Casey makes about 300,000 in base plus incentives. Oregon's George Horton receives about 450,000 year total.

AFTER A 19-YEAR ABSENCE, the Cougars have played in the NCAA tournament the past two seasons.

WSU finished second in the Pacific-10 Conference in 2009 and third this season under Marbut.

"He's a competitor and a great mentor and an inspiration to his team," Moos said. "He fits the mold of what I want to see from our coaches."

MARBUT HAS FLATLY stated that he wants to bring an NCAA regional to Pullman next year, (as does Moos), and Marbut says he believes the Cougars can make it to the College World Series next year for the first time since 1976.

The Cougars had only five seniors on a 37-22 team this year, though Marbut has said he expects juniors Chad Arnold and Shea Vucinich will turn pro and indeed, Vucinich just signed this morning, see details below.

"I hope I get to work for him (Moos) for a long time … I want to be the coach at Washington State University," Marbut said. "That's the goal."

Moos said a new scoreboard will be installed at 3,500-seat Bailey-Brayton Field next year. That was arranged under former athletic director Jim Sterk.

"That's overdue," Moos said.

  • Vucinich, Washington State's starting shortstop the past three seasons, has signed with the Milwaukee Brewers and been assigned to Helena, Mont., in the Rookie-class Pioneer League. Milwaukee drafted Vucinich in the 20th round Tuesday. Vucinich is passing up his senior year at Washington State, but Dana Vucinich said his son's contract covers his final year of schooling. Vucinich, who starred at Coeur d'Alene High School, batted .262 with a career-high .951 fielding percentage this year. The only Cougar to start all 59 games, Vucinich had four home runs, 32 RBIs and 15 errors.

  • Meanwhile, rumors and facts continue to fly about concerning Pac-10 expansion. Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott announced Thursday that Colorado will be joining the league. Moos originally said he opposed Pac-10 expansion unless it made sense financially. Talk of $20 million-plus annual TV contracts for member schools and a possible Pac-10 television network has convinced Moos that expansion is the way to go. "Larry is a 21st-century CEO," Moos said. "He understands the modern technology and strategies and how to brand things."

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