Nebraska has named Washington State athletic director Bill Moos as its next athletic director.
“Nebraska has secured a proven winner in Bill Moos to lead Husker Athletics into a new era of excellence,” UNL Chancellor Ronnie Green said in a press release. “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.”
Moos was the athletic director at Montana for five years before taking over at Oregon from 1995 to 2007. During his tenure, the Ducks won 13 Pac-10 championships across six sports. He has been at Washington State for the last seven years, during which he hired current football head coach Mike Leach, secured a 10-year, $35 million marketing rights agreement with IMG College and led a $130 million addition and remodel of Washington State’s football stadium.
Moos also served as the dean of Pac-12 athletic directors and was a frontrunner in the conference securing a 12-year, $3 billion television contract with Fox and ESPN.
“To lead one of the most storied and successful athletic programs in the nation is a true honor,” Moos said in a release. “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.”
According to the release, Moos’ contract is for five years, with a $1 million base salary plus incentives.
Moos will replace former athletic director Shawn Eichorst, who was fired on Sep. 21, and interim Dave Rimington, who was hired for "no more than 60 days" on Sep. 26 to serve in an interim capacity. He will begin on Oct. 23.
Derek is a newbie on the Hail Varsity staff covering Husker athletics. In college, he was best known as ‘that guy from Twitter.’ He has covered a Sugar Bowl, a tennis national championship and almost everything in between (except an NCAA men’s basketball tournament game… *tears*). In his spare time, he can be found arguing with literally anyone about sports.