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Chun is playing the search process close to the proverbial vest. Asked about both Ventura Partners and the broad criteria he’s looking for in a coach, WSU sports information director Bill Stevens told CF.C:
“I spoke with Pat and he does not plan to publicize any details of the search to ensure we are able to attract the best possible candidates. That would include anyone who may be assisting in the search, who may be considered a candidate, and who he plans to meet with, though he said he will consider any and all candidates.”
His predecessor, Bill Moos, took a different course five years ago after firing Ken Bone when he stated that he was looking for a coach who checked four boxes: 1) a proven recruiter; 2) power conference experience, preferably as a head coach; 3) can sell the Palouse; and 4) possesses energy and excitement. In other words, he was looking for the modern-day George Raveling (though George had yet to be a head coach when WSU hired him off Lefty Driesell’s Maryland staff in 1972).
Asked what timeline Chun envisions for announcing the new Cougar coach or whether Chun would be attending the Final Four and conducting interviews there, Stevens demurred. He also declined to share whether Chun will have a committee within the WSU family vet a short list of candidates.