With another school year behind us, eDuck took the opportunity to sit down for a question and answer session with Bill Moos. Moos, has been the Director of Athletics at the University of Oregon since 1995. Under his guidance, the athletic department has become one of only thirty self-sufficient athletic departments across the nation. The Washington State grad, spearheaded the 90 million dollar expansion of Autzen Stadium, and oversaw the construction of the Len Casanova Athletic Center, as well the Ed Moshofsky sports complex.
During his tenure, the Football and Men's and Women's Basketball programs have enjoyed the kind of success unprecedented to The University of Oregon. In addition, he gets his coaches to stay, at a time when no one's coaches stay. Even when the likes of USC and Ohio State come calling…
We're at the end of another school year… how's the year been for you in a nutshell?
Well I think it's been another successful year for Oregon athletics. It's tough when one compares it to last year (2001-02), when we won Pac-10 championships in both football and men's basketball, but those were lofty heights to try and continue here. But I thought there were hi-lights in a number of areas, mainly with the expansion of Autzen stadium. Certainly the success of our softball team, led by Kathy Arendsen, our Pac-10 Tournament Championship in Men's Basketball, and some other hi-lights in Women's Tennis and Men's Golf and certainly Men's Track and Field had a good year as well.
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Early in response to that the previous question, you mentioned how expectation here have grown coming off conference championships a year ago. Certainly there was a little drop off this season at least in terms of football and to a certain degree basketball. But isn't that okay? That Oregon is now striving to those heights?
Well it certainly is. Our programs here are very stable, we've got wonderful coaches, Mike Bellotti is now the dean of Pac-10 football coaches. Ernie Kent is not far from that in Men's Basketball. And that's a key, I feel, to have that type of stability for recruiting, and in all aspects. We don't sneak up on people anymore, folks around the conference and the country know about the University of Oregon, we've responded to that very well, I feel, and will be able to continue to compete for conference championships.
You're on the heels of the Pac-10 meetings. When you see what's happening on the east coast, with the ACC, trying to rob the big east of Miami, Syracuse and Boston college, because they want that conference football championship game, do you think it could one day happen to the Pac-10? Could we have a Pac-12? Was that discussed?
We discussed it, but I'm confident in saying the Pac-10 is comfortable with the setup we have now. We are very proud of the fact that we have extremely high credibility in terms of academics, so we're not going to just let anyone join the party. We did take a look a few years back at the University of Texas and the University of Colorado, two schools who have what we look for, and are good television markets. When you get down to it, the ACC is concerned about revenue and the ability to demand a high contract with a television partner. I don't think we need to do that in the Pac-10 right now. I don't think we need to panic and do it just for the sake of doing it. And my peers feel that way as well right now the slice of the pie going 10 ways is pretty lucrative. For us to go with 12 slices, it'd have to be a very good situation.
Ernie Kent and Mike Bellotti always seem to have their names surface when jobs open around the country. Is that a concern for you, or more free publicity for the University of Oregon?
My goal when I took over in 1995 was to see that Oregon become a destination, not a stepping stone for coaches. Indeed that has happened. Both Mike and Ernie have turned down jobs that normally would be appealing to coaches in their sports. Mainly because Oregon is a better place, a better fit for them. That says a lot. (It is) an illustration that we've risen to the elite. If unfortunately, one did leave, there would be a long line at my door, of very good coaches who'd love to have these jobs.