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WSU to meet Mississippi State in Hawaii


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Washington State will open the 2010 Diamond Head Classic on Dec. 22 against a somewhat familiar foe, Mississippi State, according to an ESPN press release. The Cougars played MSU in Newark, N.J., in Nov., 2008, defeating the Bulldogs 63-52 in the semifinals of the Legends Classic. This year’s game will be televised on ESPNU and begin at noon. Depending on outcomes, WSU will play either the University of San Diego or meet Baylor (for the third consecutive year) in the next round. The other schools in the tourney are Utah, Butler, Florida State and Hawaii. … The NCAA also released its coaches’ APR database today (you can access it here). After perusing it, I don’t see any surprises. Paul Wulff’s numbers have been good, Ken Bone’s from Portland State were below average and the other sports listed (baseball, women’s basketball, women’s track, indoor and out) are as have been reported. It’s just all in one place. For more on this, check out the USA Today story.

Utah set to be welcomed into Pac-10

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With the University of Utah poised to accept membership today in what will become the Pac-12 Conference, it seems as if the avalanche of expansion has petered out without too much damage to the status quo. Which might just be a good thing. Read on.

Utah asked to make it a Pac-12


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The expected (inevitable?) has happened. The Pac-10 has invited Utah to join the party. The Utes will accept their invitation tomorrow. The Pac-10 will likely become the Pac-12 either next year or the year after. Now all that seems to be left is to iron out the details. We’ll be back.

UPDATE: We had a conversation with WSU athletic director Bill Moos about the expansion, which we turned into a story. We also have more, so read on.

Expansion zenith this week?


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It looks like the next 48 hours will define the future of college athletics as we know it. Now that isn’t too apocalyptic, is it? But it just might be true. So where do we stand? We’re sure Colorado will join the Pac-10, Nebraska the Big Ten and Boise State the Mountain West. All that was decided late last week. And we know Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott is making home visits, recruiting the likes of five-star schools like Texas and it’s buddy Texas Tech (a one-star). There were visits with Oklahoma (four stars) and Oklahoma State (two). If recalcitrant Texas A&M (three) decides to diss the conference, the backup plan seems to be Utah (I don’t think it has been given it any stars yet, but if USC decides it’s a good fit, some services will give it three). For more, read on.

More on the Pac-10, USC and WSU


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By now most of you have probably heard the news about Pac-10 expansion. You’ve probably dissected the USC/NCAA battle that seems to be only beginning. But maybe you still have some questions, some unfilled gaps of knowledge about Thursday’s two big news events. So before Friday gets filled up with World Cup, Nebraska leaving for the Big Ten or somebody throwing another perfect game, we’ll give you tools to fill those gaps. Kind of like a dentist and my front teeth. Read on.

WSU responds to expansion


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We’ve spent the afternoon getting Washington State reaction to the addition of Colorado to the Pac-10 Conference. We put together a couple stories for tomorrow’s paper, one on the overall news and the WSU response, the other on the financial bump the school may receive if the conference expands to 16 teams, as has been talked about all week. For both, read on.

Things get back to normal at WSU


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News quiz time. What is dominating Washington State news today? Is it A) the men’s basketball team’s game with Washington on Saturday? B) The baseball team headed to Texas this weekend? Or C) A press conference in the CUB for a new administrator? Heck, you all know the answer to that one. If the questions in statistics had been this easy, I would have graduated with a political science degree. Read on.

Moos formally introduced at WSU


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Our coverage of Bill Moos’ introductory press conference at WSU is ready to go, so we have some time now to go into what Moos had to say in greater depth. We also have a short story on the link, which focuses on his contract, the largest an athletic director at WSU has ever received. Read on.

WSU to introduce Moos tomorrow


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Elson S. Floyd got his man. Washington State University’s president set his sights on Bill Moos the day he heard Jim Sterk was leaving and Monday, Moos accepted his offer. Tomorrow, Moos will head down U.S. 195 and meet the media, hearing the words he hoped to hear a long time ago, “Bill Moos, Washington State’s new athletic director.” We have the unedited version of our story for tomorrow’s S-R on the link, so read on.

Moos says yes to WSU


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It’s official. Bill Moos said yes today to Washington State University’s offer to replace Jim Sterk as athletic director, a source with knowledge of the situation told The Spokesman-Review.

Moos, a former Washington State football player who earned all Pac-8 honors in 1972, was formerly the athletic director at the University of Oregon. When he and Oregon parted in late 2006, Moos signed a 10-year agreement worth $2 million – payable yearly – that limited where he could work. Negotiations between Moos and Oregon to iron out an agreement have been ongoing, though whether there has been a resolution is not known.

Here is more on Moos.

WSU’s Sterk says goodbye


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We talked with outgoing athletic director Jim Sterk for a long time today, with the conversation ranging from his new job in San Diego to his accomplishments at WSU to his last few weeks. What follows is the story I put together for tomorrow’s S-R. Read on.

WSU offers Moos athletic director spot

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If you wondered why we didn’t have a pregame basketball post, it’s because of this. Yes, president Elson S. Floyd offered the athletic director position to Bill Moos today. The story we’ve put together for tomorrow’s paper is on the link. We’ll be back at halftime of the basketball game.

Moos meets folks in Pullman


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We have two stories for tomorrow’s S-R. And we’re dividing them into two posts. The first, on the link, is the unedited version of our piece on Bill Moos’ meet-and-greet this afternoon. It’s not complete – how can it be? Moos talked for almost an hour – but it’s the best we can do. Check back in about an hour. We’ll have our basketball story. Read on.

Moos in Pullman


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We spent the day here trying to get an idea about Bill Moos’ candidacy for the open athletic director position. On the link is the unedited version of the story I filed for tomorrow’s S-R. If you care, read on.

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