I was en route to Pullman when this came out, but read on for a short note about Bill Moos being invited to Pullman on Wednesday. He'll be there to talk about the open athletic director position.
• WSU president Elson S. Floyd sent out a message to boosters today informing them of Moos' invite. Then the university sent out the release that follows. Does this mean he's going to be the next AD? At the very least it indicates he's the frontrunner, that's for sure. Yes, there is that $1.4 million dollar deal with Oregon still in play, but I've been told there are some boosters willing to step up and help make at least some of that good. Anyhow, here is the release.
PULLMAN, Wash. – President Elson S. Floyd has invited William H. “Bill” Moos, former athletic director of the University of Oregon, to the Pullman campus Wednesday (2/17) to discuss the open athletic director position at Washington State University.
Moos will meet with the senior leadership of the athletic department Wednesday morning and will hold a series of meetings with coaches and athletic staff throughout the day. He will take part in a public forum with members of the university community from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday in Room T101 of the Food Sciences and Human Nutrition Building on the Pullman campus.
“In recent days I have received a number of messages from Cougar supporters indicating an interest in Bill Moos as a candidate for the athletic director position,” Floyd said. “In light of that sentiment, I believe it is important to bring Bill to campus to allow him to meet with members of the campus community to determine the mutual level of interest going forward.”
A recipient of the WSU Alumni Achievement Award, Moos served as athletic director of the University of Oregon from 1995 to 2007. During his tenure, the UO athletic budget grew from $18 million to $41 million and the Ducks won 13 Pac-10 championships. Moos oversaw the renovation and expansion of Autzen Stadium and the Casanova Center, as well as the construction of the Moshofsky Sports Center.
The captain of WSU's 1972 football team, Moos earned first-team All-Pacific 8 Conference and All-Coast honors as an offensive lineman, and played in the East-West Shrine game. Beginning in 1982, he directed WSU Athletic Development for five and a half years and was associate athletic director for nearly two years. WSU Athletics generated its first $1 million year in annual giving in 1984 and improved each succeeding year.
Later, Moos spent five and a half years as athletic director at the University of Montana, overseeing more than $4 million in athletic facilities improvements and increasing private and corporate gifts to UM athletics by 300 percent. San Diego State University announced Monday the hiring of former WSU Athletic Director Jim Sterk as its new athletic director. WSU has appointed Senior Associate Athletic Director/Senior Woman Administrator Anne McCoy to act as interim athletic director.
• That's all for this now. We'll be back if news breaks. Until then ...