Washington State president, AD release statement on athletic future, status of Pac-12
Washington State is understandably disappointed to see the Pac-12 crumble. Oregon and Washington are expected to leave the conference for the Big Ten. The Big 12, meanwhile, has approved Arizona’s application for membership, and reportedly could also add Arizona State and Utah.
WSU President Kirk Schulz and Director of Athletics Pat Chun shared a joint statement on social media addressing the reported departures.
“We are disappointed with the recent decisions by some of our Pac-12 peers,” the joint statement reads. “While we had hoped that our membership would remain together, this outcome was always a possibility, and we have been working diligently to determine what is next for Washington State Athletics. We’ve prepared for numerous scenarios, including our current situation. With exceptional student-athletes, a strong Cougar tradition and incredible support from our fans, donors and alumni, we will chart the best path forward together.”
Washington State has been a conference member since 1962. WSU has not been the subject of any realignment rumors. On Thursday, Cougars head coach Jake Dickert criticized TV partners for the latest round of realignment.
“The old question (was) how long would it take TV money to destroy college football? Maybe we’re here,” Dickert said Thursday.
“To think even remotely 5 years ago that the Pac-12 would be in this position… it’s unthinkable to think that we’re here today,” he continued. “To think that local rivalries are at risk and fans driving four hours to watch their team play in a road game and rivalries is at risk to me is unbelievable. …”
— WSU Office of the President (@WSU_Cougar_Pres) August 4, 2023