Moos has sights set on postseason for WSU

NO ONE CAN predict with certainty how many wins the Cougs will post this season. But athletic director Bill Moos said during a Wednesday morning online chat at that expectations are significantly greater than last season.

"I feel that Cougar Football is in position now to not only compete week in and week out, but also to secure victories that hopefully put us in a position to be playing in the postseason," he said.

Wulff, who has posted a 5-32 record in three seasons at WSU, said Monday that he expects the Cougars to compete for a Pac-12 North Division title this fall. WSU, which finished 2-10 last season, was selected to finish last in the North in the conference's media poll, but Wulff cited his team's experience behind increased expectations.

EXPECTATIONS SURROUNDING THE football program was just one topic in a broad conversation with fans. Moos, who frequently has said that the improvement at Oregon, where he was athletic director from 1995-2007, stemmed from significant facilities improvements at Autzen Stadium.

WSU was 33-32-7 against the Ducks before Moos' arrival. Since then, the Cougars are 5-11 versus Oregon. The Ducks, who played in the national championship game last season, are 138-59 since '95.

Meanwhile, WSU has not posted a winning record since compiling at 30-8 mark from 2001-03.

"Cougar Athletics has enjoyed moments of glory and many memorable accomplishments," Moos said. "We have, however, lacked consistency and indeed that is where the focus lies. We need to be able to attract quality talent that will in turn provide us with a program that hopefully will be competitive year in and year out, and in doing so, will energize our fan base."

MOOS SAID FACILITIES improvements will be subtle this fall as the university prepares for a $70-million renovation of Martin Stadium that would include the addition of luxury suites, premium seating and a new press box on the south side of the stadium in addition to a football-only complex in the west end zone area.

"This fall our fans will notice substantial improvements in the branding of our facilities, most notably the interior and exterior of Bohler Gym," said Moos, adding that upgrades at Beasley Coliseum also are planned. "But not Martin Stadium as the branding of that facility will be in conjunction with the planned stadium renovation and the construction of the football operations building."

Moos, who said improvements also will be made to the soccer field in the future, said that new income from the Pac-12 media-rights contract will be invested in facilities and increased compensation for coaches. Several estimates have the Cougars gaining $20 million annually in revenue from the new contract.

He said WSU, which has six varsity sports for men and nine for women, will not use addition revenues to add new sports programs in the foreseeable future. There has been speculation about the Cougars adding men's soccer or wrestling and women's softball for years.

"The plan at this time is to focus on the sports program that we currently offer and ensuring they are healthy and in position to compete in the Pac-12 Conference," he said. "That does not eliminate the prospect of new programs being added in the future, but I believe that would be a ways away."

  • Moos said Mooberry track will be resurfaced "within the next two years."

  • Spokane, the Tri-Cities and Vancouver, Wash., have hosted WSU athletic events in recent years and Moos said he is open to having events, such as football scrimmages, in those areas again.

  • WSU hired Tom Jager, a former U.S. Olympic and former world-record holder in the freestyle, as its swim coach in May. Jager, who competed at UCLA, previously coached at Idaho.

    "Tom's accomplishments as both an athlete and a coach were impressive enough for me to feel that not only would he be a good fit at Washington State, but that he can achieve great success," Moos said.

  • Because the Apple Cup at CenturyLink Field is a "home" game for UW, Moos said WSU students should not expect discounted tickets.

  • One fan complained about the condition he saw the university's mascot, Butch, in at a recent event. Moos said he would look into it.

    "It's important that Butch looks his best," he said. "I will make sure that we are looking into his health and well being!"

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