SEATTLE -- Athletic director Bill Moos recently said WSU will join Arizona State, Duke, Florida and Texas in being rebranded by Nike, and he said the Cougars' new look will be unveiled April 11 in Spokane. And if one word comes to mind regarding the new uniforms, it's this one…
"There will be one crimson, one gray, one font," Bill Moos said at a recent Night With Cougar Football. "When they see us on television or wherever they may be, they will know that's the Washington State Cougars."
Moos said the Pac-12's new television contract, which begins during the 2012-13 school year, will generate $8 million to $12 million in additional revenue for WSU's athletic department. He said the Cougars also will see $3.5 million in new revenue during their 10-year contract with ISP Sports, which handles sports marketing and broadcast services for programs across the country.
The Cougars did not play a game at Qwest Field last season for the first time since 2001 but Moos said that because 70 percent of WSU alumni live in Western Washington, he feels it is important to bring a game there annually. During the next 10 seasons beginning this fall, Moos said he plans to have the Cougars play home games against Oregon or Oregon State at Qwest. He projects those games to net the athletic department $1.7 million to $1.9 million each year.
Moos also highlighted the proposed renovation of Martin Stadium, which would include a new press box on the south side of the stadium with 17 sky suites on top of it. He also plans to house the football department, and its own weight room, in a new 100,000-square foot facility on the west end of the stadium.
"Facilities is the roof of what we're doing," Moos said. "That green-and-yellow crew (Oregon) was playing (for the national championship) because of facilities."
DESPITE THE EMPHASIS in Florida recruiting in 2010, where WSU signed five players this year, recruiting coordinator Rich Rasmussen said he is not sure if the Sunshine State will be as much of an emphasis for 2012.
Some areas can vary from year to year. For example, the Cougars signed far fewer from the Bay Area this class after it was a significant emphasis in the 2010 crop.
"There weren't as many (2011) guys who we believe were a fit for us out of the Bay Area," Rasmussen said. "Things could change going into next year."
He said the additions of Colorado and Utah to the conference likely won't make a significant difference when it comes to recruiting in those states. WSU traditionally has recruited in both states, but Rasmussen said 90 percent of Utah recruits sign with an in-state university.
In general for the 2012 class, Rasmussen said, Washington and California will be emphasized (as always), along with Hawaii, Idaho and Oregon.