Bill Moos adds context on Mike Leach's endorsement of Donald Trump

FOOTBALL AND POLITICS can be an explosive mix. When Mike Leach endorsed Donald Trump in Spokane on Saturday, seemingly everyone had an opinion to share. Washington State athletic director Bill Moos on his radio show talked about how the situation came about.

“When Mike talked to me about this, he said Donald Trump endorsed both my books, he introduced one of my Tech teams on ABC television and I would like to return the favor to him,” Moos said. “It went through a lot of discussion at the higher level… If you turn it around and say no you cannot… then where are you going with free speech?

“Having said that, perhaps the most visible Cougar we have right now, it  rubbed some people the wrong way and we thought it probably would.”

Moos also said there’s nothing to the chatter around cyberspace that ASU and Arizona are potential candidates for the Big 12, and that the Pac-12 is not looking to up its member count.

“I can say as the senior AD in this conference we are not looking to expand and no one is looking at leaving,” Moos said.

The talk of conference expansion has increased markedly in recent weeks, with the Big 12 said to be courting numerous teams depending on which report you read.  While UA and ASU have been mentioned, other schools such as Houston, Memphis, UCF, Colorado State appear to be the more likely candidates.

“The Big 12 doesn’t have anything to offer Arizona and Arizona State that they don’t already have (with the Pac-12). We are not just an athletic conference, we are very proud of our academic standards and not everyone gets invited to the dance," said Moos.

Moos also reiterated that the Pac-12's model of owning 100 percent of its television network, rather than partnering with a broadcast network, is the optimal choice. 

While expected revenue levels and payouts to schools have not yet been realized since the network launched in 2012 and a deal with DirecTV seems as far away as ever, Moos said the Pac-12 Networks remains one of the best things to ever happen to WSU.  Moos said that to panic and change course after a few years is not the answer.

Washington State's baseball team (15-27, 8-16) which opens a three-game series at No. 14 Washington on Friday, sits in last place in the Pac-12 and cannot finish with a winning record in league play in Marty Lees' first season. 

That said, the separation between teams 4-12 in the conference standings stands at just three games in the win column. The Cougars have seven Pac-12 games left in the regular season and 13 games remaining overall.

"We’re not that far away from averaging two wins a series and if you can do that, you’re playing in the postseason," said Moos.

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