Posted by Chip Patterson
Washington State athletic director Bill Moos has taken a very active approach as he nears one full year on the job at his alma mater. After Jim Sterk left for San Diego State, Moos was one of the only candidates to seek out employment from the university that has suffered through some historically bad seasons in football in the last couple of years.
But Moos has been very vocal about his belief in the ability to turn the Cougars' results around on the field, and he has been making efforts to assist with that process off the field. He has met with the families of recruits and is currently campaigning for a stadium expansion and brand-new football operations facility.
He has enough faith in the improvements to boldly predict Washington State victories over both Auburn and Oregon in 2013.
"I expect to beat both of them," Moos said about facing the title game's participants at a general staff meeting. Pretty bold statement for a program that dropped from historic highs in the early 2000's to becoming the butt of most Pac-10/Pac-12 football jokes by the end of the decade. Moos believes that the key to changing the program will be with recruiting, and shedding the "underdog" culture.
New facilities and upgrading the stadium is one way to re-energize the fan base and team, but there will have to be on-field results in order to really see any dramatic change in recruiting. Moos may just be talking boldly to build confidence, or he really could be so blinded by his own optimism he fails to see the gap between Washington State and Auburn/Oregon. But that kind of blind optimism may be just what the Cougars need to turn things around.