A day later, it was announced that Washington State Pat Chun had been interviewed for the vacancy of Northwestern Sports Director, and it turned out that the Wildcats were going in another direction.
San Jose Mercury-News’ Jon on Wheeler announced Monday morning that Chu will not be running for Northwest. In less than 24 hours, Wilner’s separate report linked Chunny to a vacancy in Evanston, Illinois, indicating that he was one of two Pac-12 sitting sporting directors interviewing for the position, as was Jim’s Newton of Cal.
Other candidates for the Northwest job include UNLV’s Desiree Reid-Francis, SMU’s Rick Hart and Rice E. Carlgard, ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg said on Sunday.
It was the second time in three weeks that Chunn’s name had been linked to the work of the athletic director of Power Five, when his name appeared as a potential candidate for an open position in Kansas. Contrary to one report, a source confirmed by the Spokesperson never interviewed for Kansas’s position.
Some thought Northwester AD work would be a more viable option for Chun, who worked at the Big Ten Conference in Ohio for 15 years after graduating from Columbus School. As of 2017-18, the previous Northwest AD my Phim Phillips was the second highest paid AD in the country, earning an annual salary of $ 1.75 million. It is unclear whether Northwestern could match that salary for their new AD, but Chun, who currently earns $ 650,000 a year at WSU, would be ready for a significant increase.