WSU's Moos reacts to Aliotti's apology

WASHINGTON STATE athletic director Bill Moos said Monday morning that Oregon defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti phoned him Sunday night to personally apologize for negative comments Aliotti made about Cougars coach Mike Leach after Oregon defeated WSU Saturday in Eugene.

Aliotti also issued an apology Sunday night through an Oregon news release.

Moos, a former Oregon athletic director, spoke Monday on his weekly radio show in Spokane. He strongly supported Leach's decision to keep passing the ball with starting quarterback Connor Halliday and other starters playing against Oregon reserves late in a 62-38 loss. Aliotti termed Leach's decision "low class" and "bull(crap)."

"I've known Nick Aliotti for 30 years," Moos said, "and he's an outstanding coach and really a tremendous human being, but he's a competitor. He knew he stepped out of bounds on some of the things he said about Coach Leach and what we were doing at the end of that ball game.

"My comment on that (Aliotti's remarks), that's not necessary. Here we were in the game and he was criticizing us for throwing the ball late when they had their reserves in, but what are we supposed to do?

"We finished the game with 557 yards passing and 2 yards rushing. Are we supposed to run the ball for a quarter and go three (downs) and out and give them an opportunity to score three more touchdowns?"

Moos concluded, "He knows and his defense knows what our offense is, and we pass the ball. That's what we are. This is the ‘Air Raid' offense, and we're going to ‘Air Raid' until the final gun goes off."

Bud Nameck, the host of Moos' radio show, is the play-by-play man on radio broadcasts of WSU games. After Saturday's game, Nameck asked Moos why he played Halliday the entire game in a lopsided loss.

"He said, ‘Hey, we've got to get better, and only way you get better is through practice and through reps in the game. He's out quarterback, and we need to continue to play to get better."

In Oregon's news release, Aliotti said, "I'm embarrassed that I got caught up in the moment after the game. There's no excuse, but sometimes right after the game the adrenaline is still flowing and I made a huge, human error in judgment. I wish I could take it back, and I promise it won't happen again.

"I'd like to apologize to Mike Leach and Bill Moos, Washington State and its fans, and Oregon and our fans."

Halliday set a Football Bowl Subdivision record by throwing 89 passes. His 557 passing yards is a school record and the top mark in the FBS this year, passing his 521-yard performance at California.

Aliotti's post game comments on Saturday night:

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