Bill Moos, who has served as Washington State’s athletics director since 2010, Sunday agreed to a five-year contract to oversee the athletic department at the University of Nebraska. The 66-year-old Moos will assume his duties in Lincoln Oct. 23 and will receive a reported $1 million per year, plus incentives.
Moos, who had his WSU contract extended through 2020 three years ago, also worked as Oregon’s athletic director from 1995-07. At Nebraska, he replaces Shawn Eichorst, fired last month because of the poor performance of several Huskers teams, including the football program.
“To lead one of the most storied and successful athletic programs in the nation is a true honor,” said Moos in a statement. “Nebraska is a very special place, known far and wide for its phenomenal fans, for doing things the right way, for supporting its students, honoring its athletic legacy and maintaining excellence in athletics success across the board. I am proud to help build upon these Husker traditions.”
“Nebraska has secured a proven winner in Bill Moos to lead Husker Athletics into a new era of excellence,” said Nebraska chancellor Ronnie Green. “It was clear that Bill stood out in a very competitive, tremendously gifted pool of candidates, not only because of his proven ability to lead programs to greatness, but because of his reputation for integrity in building and leading those programs.”
Green saidf that Moos rose to the top of a group of candidates that included several current athletic directors from Power 5 conference schools. Moos, Green said, is a “program-builder who forges enduring relationships with coaches, student-athletes, staff, supporters and fans.”
In his seven years at WSU, Moos secured a 10-year, $35 million marketing rights agreement with IMG College and led a $130 million addition and remodel of WSU’s football stadium. He also had a lead position in securing the conference’s 12-year, $3 billion television contract with Fox and ESPN.
During Moos’ tenure at Oregon, that program grew to national prominence. The Ducks won 13 conference titles in six sports.
Moos made his most recent football hire in 2011 when he tapped former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach to lead Washington State. Leach had the Cougars off to a 6-0 start this season, their best since 2001, until Friday night when California doused WSU 37-3 in Berkeley. The Cougars fell from No. 8 nationally to No. 15 in the Associated Press poll released Sunday.
Moos reportedly will want to change football coaches, although there has been no reporting linking Leach to such a move to Nebraska. The Huskers are 3-4 this season under former Oregon State head man Mike Riley.
Moos began his athletics career in 1982 as assistant AD at Washington State. He was director of development for more than five years and associate director for nearly two, supervising all external operations.