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Letters to the editor: One view of Bill Moos’ success at Washington State

In this Oct. 15, 2017 file photo, Bill Moos is announced at a news conference in Lincoln, Neb., as the new athletic director at Nebraska. Moos tells The Associated Press his luncheon comment about coaches Urban Meyer of Ohio State and Jim Harbaugh of Michigan running a little bit scared in the wake of coach Scott Frost’s hiring was a bit tongue in cheek. Moos had said in an appearance at the Omaha Press Club he would need time to turn around the Cornhuskers but better days are ahead. The Huskers are coming off a 4-8 season. (Kayla Wolf / Journal-Star via AP)
In this Oct. 15, 2017 file photo, Bill Moos is announced at a news conference in Lincoln, Neb., as the new athletic director at Nebraska. Moos tells The Associated Press his luncheon comment about coaches Urban Meyer of Ohio State and Jim Harbaugh of Michigan running a little bit scared in the wake of coach Scott Frost’s hiring was a bit tongue in cheek. Moos had said in an appearance at the Omaha Press Club he would need time to turn around the Cornhuskers but better days are ahead. The Huskers are coming off a 4-8 season. (Kayla Wolf / Journal-Star via AP)

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.”

Garth Meyer

Colfax

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.

Enough said.

Barb Beck

Colbert