Success in eyes of beholder
If you are an athletic director/fundraiser, how would you like this challenge?
Lead an athletic department with a football team that went to the Rose Bowl months before you start the job.
Months after you get there, the team goes to the Cotton Bowl. A day after that, an alumni who is the head of a multibillion dollar company comes to a meeting about what further the department may need.
Quite a challenge for an AD? Closer to a cakewalk?
That was Bill Moos’ situation at Oregon.
Then he went to WSU, where apparently he just needed to make sure the football team was “bowl-eligible” to go to one of 40 bowls at the end of each season. To be one of 80 teams in college football to be invited to one. He could spend $130 million to get there. He did, and WSU’s two best records in his seven (full) seasons were 9-4 and 8-5. In the latter, Idaho and Stanford were the only two teams WSU beat that finished with a winning record. That regular season ended with a no-show against Washington, as did the previous year. Two of the three bowl games in the Moos era ended in embarrassment.
Now that Moos is gone, perhaps some context may be added to all his “success.”
This is Cougar country
This is in response to the writer (Sunday, Oct. 15) who complained that as a (Washington) Husky fan, The Review didn’t have a lot of coverage. Two things I want to tell him: You bet this is Cougar country (and we love them.) If you move to the West Side, I am sure the Seattle Times will have lots of Husky coverage, and give you more than enough.
Now, maybe he knows what it is like to be a non-Gonzaga fan and be inundated with Zag basketball coverage all winter long. We can’t get away from it. It’s not only in the paper every day but continual coverage on TV.