Senate panel to hold work session on future of UW, WSU athletic programs

The Senate Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee will hold a work session Wednesday on the future of the University of Washington and Washington State University athletic programs as a result of the changes from this past year’s Pac-12 Conference realignment.

Sen. Jeff Holy, R-Cheney and the Republican leader on the panel, said committee staff will give a presentation that covers the timeline of the Pac-12 Conference, litigation pertaining to the conference and a very high-level look at the UW and WSU athletic budgets.

The committee will then be joined by representatives from the UW and WSU athletic departments. Those officials have been told to be prepared to discuss the future of their athletic programs, Holy noted.

The work session will take place at the start of the committee meeting, which begins at 8 a.m. on Wednesday in Senate Hearing Room 2 of the John A. Cherberg Building.