Feb. 24, 2010
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -As expected, William Moos on Wednesday was named the new athletic director at Washington State University.
The former WSU football player and later Oregon and Montana athletic director was the only candidate considered to replace Jim Sterk, who left recently for San Diego State.
Moos, 59, will start his new duties in Pullman no later than May 1, and is expected to sign a seven-year contract. Details of the contract were not immediately released.
“I am looking forward to getting back into intercollegiate athletics and thrilled that it will be as the athletics director at my alma mater,” Moos said. “It will be wonderful to reconnect with Cougars everywhere and to work with them to ensure excellence in our program.”
Washington State president Elson Floyd offered the job to Moos last week, after he was deluged with calls from WSU fans to bring back the popular former player and administrator.
“He has a proven record of success as an athletics director and he has deep and lasting ties to our university,” Floyd said Wednesday.
Moos will lead a program that has the smallest budget in the competitive Pacific-10, and his tasks will include growing the pool of donors and raising private funds for a major upgrade of Martin Stadium.
Moos was highly successful as athletic director at Oregon from 1995-2007. Oregon’s athletic department budget grew from $18.5 million in his first year to more than $40 million by 2007. Under his direction, the Duck Fund donor base increased from 4,930 to 12,290, WSU said in a press release.
Moos left the Oregon job after a dispute with Nike founder Phil Knight, a major Oregon booster. He signed a 10-year noncompete clause with that school that pays him $200,000 per year in exchange for not taking another athletic director job at a BCS conference school west of the Mississippi River. Oregon still owes him $1.4 million, and Moos has been in negotiations with Oregon regarding that agreement.
Sterk was paid about $300,000 per year.
Since leaving Oregon, Moos has been a rancher on the family farm in Valleyford, south of Spokane.
A first-team All-Pac-8 offensive lineman as a senior in 1972, Moos graduated from WSU the next spring. He was named an assistant athletic director in 1982 under Sam Jankovich and associate athletic director in 1988 under Jim Livengood. Moos left WSU in 1990 to become athletic director at Montana.
Moos and his wife, Kendra, have three daughters and two sons.