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James Williams’ bid for an NFL career took a hit when the Kansas City Chiefs placed the former Washington State running back on waivers, according to a Twitter post Thursday by free-lance reporter Dov Kleiman.

Williams, who relinquished his senior season at WSU to turn pro, went unselected in the NFL draft in April but quickly reached a free-agent agreement with the Chiefs.

Kleiman tweeted that the Chiefs signed tight end Neal Sterling and waived Williams, linebacker Gary Johnson and offensive lineman Justin Senior.

Williams, who lived in Lewiston during the final phase of his Cougars career, will presumably try to hook up with another franchise as NFL teams continue to prepare for the 2019 season that begins in September.

BASEBALLGreen hires three at WSU

PULLMAN — New Washington State baseball coach Brian Green is bringing to Pullman three members of his staff at New Mexico State, the Cougars announced Thursday.

Terry Davis will be recruiting coordinator, Anthony Claggett will be pitching coach and Trevor Hairgrove will be director of operations.

“I believe in loyalty and trust,” Green said in a news release. “It’s the foundation of any relationship and it’s one of the core characteristics in the recruiting process.”

Davis spent the past three years with Green, who headed the NMSU program for five seasons. Claggett was with him for the last two years, and Hairgrove was a volunteer assistant this past year.

“Cougar players will love their energy, their passion and their commitment to the program,” Green said.

Green is expected to name a volunteer assistant in the coming weeks.

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