The Nebraska Cornhuskers officially have a new athletic director. The relatively short search ended with a veteran name, plucked from the office of his own alma mater.
On Sunday, Nebraska announced that they’d hired Washington State athletic director Bill Moos to head the athletics department in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Moos was an alumni of Washington State and had the athletics director position there since 2010.
The move comes as something of a surprise, but is being regarded as a quality hire.
Moos is well known in the industry, and was instrumental in raising Oregon’s athletic budget from $18.5 milling to $40 million between 1995-2007. He left Oregon after a reported dispute with Nike co-founder and prominent booster Phil Knight.
Nebraska's new AD is Washington State AD is Bill Moos.
— Sam McKewon (@swmckewonOWH) October 15, 2017
Bill Moos makes a lot of sense for Nebraska. Veteran AD (Montana/Oregon/Wazzu), good fundraiser, solid with the media, quality hiring record
— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) October 15, 2017
My text messages are on fire right now. Nobody in the college sports industry understands what Nebraska just did, but maybe it’ll work.
— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) October 15, 2017
Moos will be tasked with revitalizing one of the country’s traditional powerhouses. The Cornhuskers have taken a decisive step backwards this season and sit at 3-4. They’ve yet to win a game against a quality opponent, and lost to lowly Northern Illinois earlier this season.
Coach Mike Riley was not expected to be retained, and now with a new athletic director in place, his departure from the team is all but imminent; Moos will want to bring him his own guy.
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