So where were we? Talking about Washington State's open athletic director position, I guess. With the school announcing Bill Moos will be on campus Wednesday to talk with faculty and staff, many people believe his hire is just a matter of time. And it certainly could be, no matter what obstacles need to be overcome. Even if the hire isn't inevitable, it's obvious the starting gun has gone off for this sprint and every other candidate is still stuck in the blocks. And Moos is 11 meters down the track. Read on for more.
• Washington State: Not like this will come as any surprise or anything, but last night's news is dominating the WSU talk this morning. In a lot of ways around here, it even upstaged Jim Sterk's press conference in San Diego (thinking about it now, that couldn't have been part of why it was released, could it? Just wondering). The speculation about Moos and just how much WSU is willing to pay to get him will hit a fever pitch this week. And, how the changeover at the top of the athletic department will affect football is already being examined.
• Washington State team surgeon, Dr. Ed Tingstad, is headed to Haiti later this month. He's trying to raise money for medical supplies, so I thought I would pass on the information from the flyer that is going around. Here it is, verbatim:
Our local orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Tingstad, will be traveling to Haiti on February 24th to assist with medical care for the people of Haiti. ProFormance Physical Therapy is helping Dr. Tingstad and his wife, Laura, gather donations to purchase medical supplies for his team. All donations are greatly appreciated. 100% of the funds collected will go directly to the purchase of these much needed supplies. Make checks payable to ProFormance Physical Therapy: Haiti Relief Fund. Donations may be dropped of at ProFormance Physical Therapy or both locations of American West Bank in Pullman. Because we are not a non-profit entity, contributions are not tax deductible. For more information, contact Laura Vannucci at (509) 432-6575 or at 1225 S. Grand Ave. Suite B, Pullman, WA 99163, or Laura Tingstad at (509) 338-9709.
• Around the Pac-10: Not much here, but we did find a couple of stories, one of interest to WSU – UCLA is staring a losing season in the face after being swept by USC – and one of interest to any of us who followed Pac-10 basketball when it was Pac-8 basketball – the Kamikaze Kids were led by this guy.
• That's all for this morning. We'll be floating around all day, doing interviews and talking with folks. That will lead to a lot of stories for the upcoming week. But, for today, we'll be back after Ken Bone's press conference. Until then ...