Moos has eye on big picture, Spokane and more

BILL MOOS HAS flown, driven and walked thousands of miles to spread the word about Washington State athletics since he coming out of semi-retirement to take over the athletic department at his alma mater last spring. On Thursday, Moos will reveal to his staff the basic blue print he has laid out to lead the Cougars into the future.

Moos said details will soon be made public, but he said one thing is certain: No one will be fired.

"The intent is not to ‘break up the furniture' … we'll move some people around to maximize efficiency," Moos said Wednesday. The first key move in that process took place earlier this week with the addition of Mike Marlow, who was a senior associate AD at Oregon.

One area Moos believes the Cougars are not "maximizing" is marketing in Spokane. The gregarious Moos plans to spend virtually every Monday working in Spokane year-round. His weekly radio show with longtime Spokane broadcaster and radio voice of WSU men's basketball Bud Nameck will air every Monday at 10 a.m. on Spokane radio station KXLI 700, beginning next week.

"Cougar Calls with Bill Moos" permits fans to chat with the athletic director throughout the school year. Moos said he wants to stage at least one spring football scrimmage -- which may or not be the Spring Game -- every year at Spokane's Albi Stadium. An annual clinic will be held in conjunction with the scrimmage, Moos said.

Every fan in attendance at last Friday's Arena Football League title game in Spokane can exchange their ticket stub from that game for a free ticket to WSU's football home opener Sept. 11 against Montana State. Moos has repeatedly stressed the importance of boosting football attendance, since football is the primary revenue source for athletics at WSU and most other colleges.

Moos also continues to stress the importance of improving WSU's athletic facilities. In recent weeks, two new artificial turf football practice fields were installed for $900,000; a baseball scoreboard and replay screen were erected for $500,000; and the weight room was renovated at a cost of $500,000.

What's next? Moos isn't certain, but he definitely wants to upgrade Beasley Coliseum, the rather bland home of Cougar basketball.

"We're taking a look at things and trying to prioritize," Moos said. "It will be on the front burner. That's a top priority for me. Our athletes need to have good facilities.'

Moos wants to install lights at the soccer field at some point. He hopes to finalize a new contract with soccer coach Matt Potter in the near future.

"He's got a good, solid program," Moos said. "The type of thing I'm looking for."

Moos' agenda in the coming weeks includes more meetings on future revenue distribution and divisions in the expanding Pacific-10 Conference. The divisions must be determined before football schedules can be finalized, which is complicating Moos' tentative plan to bring Oregon or Oregon State to Seattle's Qwest Field every year for a Cougar "home" game.

Moos said his attorneys continue to work with Oregon officials on a financial settlement on his contract with the Ducks. Moos oversaw tremendous growth in the athletic department at Oregon from 1995 until he resigned in 2007 amid conflicts with major Ducks booster Phil Knight.

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