Nebraska Picks Former Montana AD Bill Moos to Lead Athletics Program

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Nebraska Picks Former Montana AD Bill Moos to Lead Athletics Program


Bill Moos talks about student athletes, his management style and what he looks for in an NCAA college football program during a news conference in Lincoln, Neb., Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017, where it was announced he will be the new athletic director at Nebraska. (Kaylay Wolf/The Journal-Star via AP)

Bill Moos talks with members of the University of Nebraska- Lincoln administration following a news conference Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017, in Lincoln, Neb., Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017, where it was announced he will be the new athletic director at the school. (Kaylay Wolf/The Journal-Star via AP)

This Nov. 23, 2013 photo shows Washington State athletic director Bill Moos viewing the crowd attending an NCAA college football game against Utah at Martin Stadium in Pullman, Wash. Nebraska named Moos to head its sports program on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Dean Hare)

LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska football fans longing to recapture the Cornhuskers' glorious past can be assured that the school's new athletic director knows his history.

One of the first anecdotes Bill Moos told at his introductory news conference Sunday was about tuning into those classic Nebraska-Oklahoma games when he was growing up on a ranch in eastern Washington in the 1960s.

"Never missed one," he said. "It's a storied, storied athletic program and a very prestigious institution."

Moos comes to Nebraska from Washington State, where he's been athletic director since 2010. The 66-year-old agreed to a five-year contract with a base annual salary of $1 million, plus incentives. He'll start his new job Oct. 23.

Prior to becoming AD at Washington State, Moos was director of athletics at Oregon from 1995-2007. He held the same position at the University of Montana from 1990-95.

Nebraska officials announced Moos' hiring four weeks after the firing of Shawn Eichorst. Eichorst was let go the week after the Huskers lost to Northern Illinois at home. Moos was announced as his replacement less than 24 hours after Nebraska was routed 56-14 by Ohio State in Lincoln.

Moos' first task will be to decide whether to retain coach Mike Riley, who was a surprise hire from Oregon State three years ago. Riley is 18-15 with the Cornhuskers but has lost eight of his last 13 games.

"Nebraska for years has been the hunted, and we're not right now," Moos said. …

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