Washington State athletic director Bill Moos has put together quite the biography. By revolutionizing college football marketing at Oregon he put the Ducks on a course for success that routinely has them playing in BCS bowls. His attempts to do the same at Washington State have swelled the Cougar Athletic Fund coffers to historical highs. The beef that comes from his Special K ranch outside of Spokane is some of the juiciest, mouth-wateringest you'll find 'round these parts.
Perhaps one day he'll even live up to the example being set by his progeny. Read on, after the jump.
Ben Moos, a freshman at Pullman High School, was recently named to the MaxPreps 2013 Freshman Football All-American Team as a tight end. Also listed as All-Americans were LSU commit Dylan Moses, who was featured in ESPN The Magazine, along with Foster Sarrell of Graham-Kapowsin. Listed at 6-3, 200-pounds (his father says he's pushing 6'4), the younger Moos also played linebacker for the Greyhounds, who finished with a 6-3 record playing in the Great Northern League.
"He likes both offense and defense, he can put a pretty good lick on you on defense," Bill Moos said. "But he's got good hands, nice soft hands. They played him inside backer and some outside backer, and in their offense he plays that kind of slot receiver. Sometimes he's out wide, sometimes he's in tight. It's a fun offense to watch and to be a receiver in that you can have a lot of fun."
Throwing passes to the younger Moos is quarterback Mason Petrino, son of Idaho head football coach Paul Petrino. Lining up at running back for the Greyhounds was David Ungerer, whose dad Dave was an assistant coach at WSU under Paul Wulff.
Ben Moos has been playing football from an early age, and has been around it all his life thanks to his dad. Growing up in locker rooms, practice fields and on the sidelines at bowl games, football and college sports were just part of life's trappings.
While it's too early to project how a young teenager will develop -- even an All-American -- the younger Moos hopes to follow his father's footsteps and play college football. Bill Moos was an All-Conference offensive linemen for WSU in 1972.
"I'm real proud of him in winning this award and it'll serve as more inspiration and stimulation to make sure his grades are good, his work ethic stays good, he continues to improve and develop. And who knows, maybe he'll have a chance," Moos said.