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The University of Washington has hired Pat Chun, the athletic director at rival Washington State, as the school’s new athletic director on Tuesday.

It is a six-year deal, sources told ESPN.

“Pat has a track record of success and a wealth of experience — from 15 years in the Big Ten and service on national groups guiding the future of college sports, to securing community support and a commitment to the well-being of student-athletes,” University of Washington president Ana Mari Cauce said in a statement. “He knows our state, is highly respected in national athletics circles and has an eye for talent. I’m so happy he’ll be joining us to lead UW Athletics into the future.”

The hiring of Chun, who brings both a familiar face and strong Big Ten ties, marks a swift response to the sudden departure last week of Troy Dannen to become Nebraska’s athletic director after only six months on the job at Washington.

Chun has led Washington State since January 2018, and his duties there included being selected to serve on the College Football Playoff committee and helping manage the university’s future in the aftermath of mass departures from the Pac-12.

He will begin his new role on Wednesday.

“It is truly an honor for my family and I to join the University of Washington family, and I look forward to doing my part to help elevate the athletics program and the university,” Chun said in a statement. “… Our transition to the Big Ten is a critical step in our journey and great things lie ahead for the Huskies!”

His experience in the Big Ten proved appealing to the Washington brass, with the university entering the conference for the 2024-25 school year. Chun’s expected hire marks the rare occasion of the hiring of a rival school’s athletic director, although the extenuating circumstances of the Pac-12’s recent flurry of departures make this move less jarring.

Chun worked for 15 years at Ohio State, where his responsibilities included everything from managing all facets of external relations to serving as the administrative liaison with the football program. That time gave him a window into the ways of the Big Ten, as he spent significant time in both fundraising and football, which will be two linchpins of his tenure in Seattle.

His ability to lead an athletic department during financial challenges was valued, as Washington faces significant stadium debt. The school also must find ways to be competitive in the Big Ten while only receiving half of the television revenue — along with Oregon — of its peers through 2029-30.

Chun’s time at Washington State included the successful hire of men’s basketball coach Kyle Smith, who left this week for the head-coaching job at Stanford after leading the Cougars to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2008. That job is currently open.

Chun also hired Kamie Ethridge as women’s basketball coach, and she led WSU to the Pac-12 tournament title in 2023 and three straight NCAA tournament bids — both firsts in school history.

Chun’s tenure included promoting Jake Dickert from assistant coach to head football coach, a move that’s resulted in two bowl appearances — one as an interim — and a 15-16 overall record that includes two wins over Wisconsin.

When Chun was hired at Washington State, he became the first Asian American athletic director to lead a Power 5 school. Chun came to Washington State from Florida Atlantic, where his tenure included the hiring of Lane Kiffin as football coach.

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Colorado lands former Pitt DE Hayes from portal

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Former Pittsburgh defensive end Dayon Hayes announced Sunday that he is transferring to Colorado.

Hayes led Pitt in tackles for loss last season with 10.5 and also had 45 total tackles, four sacks and six quarterback hurries. He is a 6-foot-3, 265-pound senior who played the past four seasons for Pitt after signing with the team out of high school.

He is bringing some needed defensive help to Colorado, especially in getting to the quarterback and being disruptive up front. The Buffaloes were ranked No. 63 in sacks last season with 27 and No. 78 in defensive pressures with 139.

The staff has worked this offseason to add more help up front on the defensive side with Hayes and reuniting him with former Pitt teammate Samuel Okunlola, who is also transferring in to Colorado. In addition to those two, Colorado has former Alabama lineman Anquin Barnes, former LSU lineman Quency Wiggins, Arizona State‘s B.J. Green, Arkansas lineman Taurean Carter, Kentucky edge Keaten Wade, New Mexico State edge Nikhil Webb Walker and Houston lineman Chidozie Nwankwo entering the program.

The Buffaloes have brought in transfers in droves during coach Deion Sanders’ tenure at Colorado. The program finished the 2023 season with a 4-8 record.

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Frustrated Angels 3B Rendon lands on 10-day IL

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The Los Angeles Angels placed Anthony Rendon on the 10-day injured list Sunday due to a left hamstring strain, adding another chapter to the third baseman’s checkered medical history with the team.

Rendon, 33, came up limping after legging out an infield hit to open the Angels’ game against the host Cincinnati Reds on Saturday.

He left the game, with his single raising his batting average to .267 with no home runs, three RBIs and three stolen bases in 19 games. Rendon opened the season by going 0-for-19 in five games before batting .357 (20-for-56) over his last 14 games.

“[I’m feeling] not too great,” Rendon said after the game. “Frustration. Anger. Mad. Any of those adjectives you want to use.”

He said it’s frustrating to be hurt now that he’s heating up at the plate.

“I’m starting to barrel the ball more, and when I didn’t, I was just starting to find holes,” Rendon said. “Like earlier in the season, I was barreling it, and they were catching it. I think that’s the most frustrating part, I was getting into a groove and, of course, this happens.”

Rendon has not played more than 58 games in a season due to a variety of injuries and the COVID-19 pandemic since signing a seven-year, $245 million contract with the Angels.

Rendon was an All-Star while playing for the Washington Nationals in 2019. He finished third in the National League MVP voting in 2019. That season, he set career highs with a .319 batting average, 34 homers and 126 RBIs, the latter leading the majors along with 44 doubles.

For his career, Rendon is batting .283 with 158 homers and 660 RBIs in 1,135 games.

In a corresponding move Sunday, the Angels selected the contract of veteran infielder Ehire Adrianza from Triple-A Salt Lake.

Adrianza, 34, batted .238 in 616 career games for the San Francisco Giants (2013-16), Minnesota Twins (2017-20), Atlanta Braves (2021-22, 2023) and Nationals (2022).

In another move, right-hander Robert Stephenson. 31, was transferred to the 60-day IL on Sunday. The team had announced Thursday that he will undergo season-ending elbow surgery later this month.

Stephenson, who had signed a three-year contract worth $33 million in January, was placed on the IL on March 28.

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Astros’ Javier to go on IL with neck discomfort

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Houston Astros right-hander Cristian Javier will be placed on the 15-day injured list due to neck discomfort, manager Joe Espada told reporters Sunday.

Right-hander Spencer Arrighetti, who is 0-2 with an 11.57 ERA this season, will be recalled to take Javier’s spot in the rotation, Espada said.

Espada made the announcement after Javier had been scratched from Sunday’s start against the host Washington Nationals because of the ailment.

“Neck discomfort, started a few days ago,” Espada said. “He tried to work through it but just couldn’t happen. This kind of just came out of nowhere. So, we are going to see what happens here.”

Right-hander Hunter Brown will start in Javier’s place Sunday in the rubber match of the three-game series.

Javier, 27, has a 2-0 record with a 1.54 ERA while working at least five innings in all four starts this season. He has allowed no more than two earned runs in each start.

Brown, 25, is 0-3 with a 10.54 ERA in four starts this season. He won his lone career start against Washington on June 13, 2023, after scattering four hits over seven scoreless innings.

Espada said J.P. France and Justin Verlander will start in Chicago for the next series against the Cubs, but the order was not announced. Arrighetti could also get one of those spots, as could veteran left-hander Framber Valdez (left elbow inflammation), who has been throwing during the road trip.

“He just played catch right now,” Espada said of Valdez on Sunday. “We will see how he feels. Once we see how he feels we will start talking about the possibilities if he can pitch in Chicago or not.”

The Associated Press and Field Level Media contributed to this report.

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