Old Coug Del Conte up for Pac-12 power post?

HIGHLY REGARDED Pac-12 beat writer Jon Wilner believes former WSU assistant athletic director Chris Del Conte would be a great candidate for what he considers the most powerful position in the conference: athletic director at USC.

Del Conte’s big career break came when he served as assistant athletics director for external operations at Washington State (1998-99). He also holds a master's of education, administration and supervision from WSU.  Del Conte  became TCU’s athletic director in 2009.  

With Pat Haden stepping down, Wilner says Southern Cal’s AD search is everyone’s AD search.

"Check that. It could be that important for the conference at large, if the Trojans get it right and hire someone who can express and execute a vision that embodies the mission of the school and conference during a time of momentous changes throughout college athletics. If used correctly, it could be a bully pulpit,” writes Wilner.

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Other interesting Pac-12 notes we’ve come across in recent days:
Arizona received four donations from four families of $4.5 million towards its new student-athlete academic center.

A groundbreaking ceremony was scheduled to take place this afternoon.

Assistant coaches at ASU probably should probably rent, and not buy. 

Head coach Todd Graham, notes, has replaced five assistant coaches since August of 2015, with Graham still to name a new defensive line coach to replace Jackie Shipp. 

“The only remaining assistants on staff from last season are linebackers coach Keith Patterson, offensive line coach Chris Thomsen and special teams coordinator/outside linebackers coach Shawn Slocum,” writes Chris Karpman.   

With Jay Norvell named today to replace DelVaughn Alexander as WRs coach, Graham has zero assistants left from his first coaching staff at ASU in 2012. Alexander was the final remaining member of Graham's first staff.

Also from Wilner, Cal is facing serious financial issues, ones that could affect their athletic teams.

Cal this week announced a strategic planning process to address what chancellor Nicholas Dirks called a “substantial and growing structural deficit, one that we cannot long sustain.” Included among seven long-term initiatives was this about athletics:

Re-examining the gap between Intercollegiate Athletics’ revenue and expenses, which has widened in recent years.  To reverse this, we are pursuing major opportunities to increase revenues and donor support for scholarships, while looking at ways to reduce administrative costs and other team expenses.”

“In 2010, a similar combination led to the planned elimination of five sports, including baseball; thunderous outcry from the Cal athletic community; and the eventual reinstatement of those sports. And now here we are again, right? It sure seems that way, but the situations are not identical,” writes Wilner. 

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-Spring ball kicks off at Washington State on March 24 . The Crimson and Gray Game will be in Spokane at Joe Albi Stadium on April 23 (time TBA). The final WSU spring ball practice will be April 26 in Pullman. CF.C will, as always, be providing wall-to-wall coverage of spring drills out on the Palouse.

-WSU’s Pro Day will be held in Pullman on March 10.  Outgoing seniors Joe Dahl, Destiny Vaeao, Dom Williams and several others are expected to participate.

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