Pat Chun Leaves Washington State for Rival Washington

By Garrick Hodge on March 26, 2024 at 3:00 pm
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Former Ohio State executive associate athletics director Pat Chun is on the move. 

Per ESPN's Pete Thamel, Chun is leaving Washington State for its rival, Washington, to take the Huskies' vacant athletic director position. Chun has been Washington State's athletic director since 2018 and became the first Asian American to ever become an AD at the Power Five level. 

Before his time at Washington State, Chun was the athletic director at FAU for five-and-a-half years. Chun, an Ohio State graduate, worked in the Ohio State athletic department for 15 years, eventually becoming OSU athletic director Gene Smith's right-hand man before leaving for FAU in 2012.

While bolting for a rival school is always going to ruffle some feathers, it's a pretty clear choice from a logistical perspective. Washington will be one of four new schools in the Big Ten next season, while Washington State's athletic future is still in limbo as the Cougars and Oregon State are the only two remaining schools in the Pac-12.

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