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Three more Washington State athletes have been placed in COVID-19 protocol since Friday, when athletic director Pat Chun spoke with reporters on a Zoom call in the immediate wake of the Cougars’ football game against Stanford being canceled.
Call it a return to normalcy.
During a Zoom call with reporters Friday, Pat Chun described the Pac-12's new partnership with Quidel Corporation as "a ray of sunshine." By the end of the month, Washington State and other schools in the league will be able to to test their athletes daily – something that's been considered a breakthrough in the race to get college sports back.
In mid-April, with Washington State's athletic department already reeling from the forfeiture of spring sports, Athletic Director Pat Chun said it wasn't worth discussing the financial shortfalls the school would face if the COVID-19 pandemic outlasted the summer and bled into the month of August, potentially impacting the lucrative football season that largely keeps the other 14 athletic programs in Pullman afloat.
In a media webinar Thursday afternoon, Washington State Athletic Director Pat Chun spoke to reporters about the postponement of sports in the Pac-12 Conference through Jan. 1, how it would impact the Cougars' athletic department financially and if a spring football season is feasible.
With its proclaimed priority being the health, safety and welfare of its athletes, the Pac-12 on Tuesday opted out of college football in 2020. . . and unleashed the possibility of playing two seasons in a single calendar year.
While most undergraduate students at Washington State met a grim reality on Thursday when the school decided to close the Pullman campus for in-person instruction, there still may be a silver lining for Cougar athletes.
To help compensate for lost NCAA distribution and added expenditures caused by the novel coronavirus outbreak, Washington State announced multiple “cost containment” measures Monday, including temporary pay reductions for coaches and school administrators.
Running a D1 college athletics program is never easy and Washington State University Athletic Director Pat Chun spoke about the current challenges with Spokesman-Review writer Theo Lawson in a livestream from Pullman, Washington. It was the first of three interviews on the new livestream from the Northwest Passages Community Forum. This is a recorded program and the form for asking questions has been removed.
When Pat Chun stepped in as Washington State’s Director of Athletics in January 2018, he was urged to stabilize the financial debt the department had accrued by spending big on capital projects, and he was encouraged to use his fundraising expertise to help the school amplify its donor base.
Chun will be joined by Spokesman-Review beat writer Theo Lawson at 11:15 a.m.
While the university puts plans in place to combat and mitigate the novel coronavirus that’s already afflicted more than 1,500 Washingtonians, Pat Chun is busy figuring out what’s next, and what’s best, for WSU’s athletic department.
One week removed from the NCAA’s decision to cancel its basketball tournaments, spring sports and indefinitely suspend other organized team activities, WSU AD Pat Chun spoke with reporters to discuss how the changes have impacted student-athletes in Pullman, the financial impact and what they mean for upcoming events such as spring football and Pro Day.
Aligning with the school’s decision to move in-person classes to online formats following the spring break, Washington State Athletics announced new attendance protocols Wednesday for home athletic competitions that will take effect later this week.
It took 25 minutes for Nick Rolovich’s introduction as Washington State’s 33rd head football coach to crest on Thursday afternoon.
Analea Rolovich and her husband took in the first half of Washington State’s basketball upset of No. 8 Oregon Thursday night. The two showed up a few minutes in, walked the perimeter of the floor, shook some hands and waved to a larger-than-usual crowd at Beasley Coliseum as they were escorted to their courtside seats.
Nick Rolovich will be introduced as Washington State’s coach at a 2:30 p.m. news conference Thursday, held inside the Rankich Club Room at Martin Stadium.
Washington State Director of Athletics Pat Chun addressed the media Thursday in the wake of Mike Leach’s departure to Mississippi State, discussing Leach’s tenure in Pullman, how the football team was informed of his exit and where the Cougars plan to go from here.
In more ways than one, Washington State fans are promised a more refreshing experience at home basketball games this season.
Despite reports stating he’d met with administrators from Arkansas earlier in the week about the Razorbacks’ coaching vacancy, Leach officially hopped off the coaching carousel Thursday morning, agreeing in principle to a contract extension that will keep the offensive guru in Pullman through the 2024 football season.