WSU athletic department implements hiring freeze

Washington State University Kirk Schulz introduces Dean Baquet at the Murrow Symposium Tuesday in Pullman.

Washington State’s athletic department is implementing a temporary hiring freeze across all programs and putting a pause on non-essential travel, purchases and professional development, according to a statement issued Monday by school president Kirk Schulz.

In explaining the decision, Schulz pointed to three factors.

The Pac-12 received $50 million in overpayments from a TV partner — Comcast, according to multiple reports — over several years. Now, the conference must settle its debts.

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