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Moos says yes to WSU athletic director job

Bill Moos cheered up crowds while touring WSU’s campus on Wednesday.  (Tyler Tjomsland)
Bill Moos cheered up crowds while touring WSU’s campus on Wednesday. (Tyler Tjomsland)

PULLMAN ­ — Bill Moos said yes today to Washington State University’s offer to replace Jim Sterk as athletic director, a source confirmed to The Spokesman-Review.

Moos told WSU president Elson S. Floyd he would accept an offer, made last Thursday. Terms of the deal have not been released, though other sources have said Moos was offered more than Sterk’s $300,000 in base salary, deferred compensation and other income.

Washington State is expected to schedule a press conference in Pullman for Wednesday.

Moos, a former Washington State football player who earned all Pac-8 honors his senior year in 1972, was formerly the athletic director at the University of Oregon, starting in Eugene in 1995.

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.

The agreement stipulates Moos would earn the yearly stipend for 10 years, according to published reports.

Which schools were covered became a bone of contention in December, when Moos was a finalist for the athletic director spot at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, a member of the Mountain West Conference.

Moos was reportedly offered the job, but Oregon labeled UNLV a BCS school and threatened to cut off the payments. Since then, Moos and Oregon have been in discussions aimed at reaching an amicable solution.

Moos has not returned a call seeking comment.

He and wife Kendra have lived just south of Spokane in Valleyford, a little more than an hour north of Pullman, since leaving Oregon in Nov., 2006. The couple has five children, including son Bo who plays football at Arizona State, another son and three daughters.

A first-team All-Pac-8 offensive lineman as a senior in 1972, Moos graduated from WSU the next spring. He was named an assistant athletic director in 1982 under Sam Jankovich and was promoted to associate athletic director in 1988 under Livengood.

Moos left WSU in 1990 to become athletic director at Montana.