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Reggie Moore vs Isaiah Thomas
Written by Magic   
Friday, 26 February 2010 11:39

In case there is still any doubt about how good Reggie Moore is, I want you to think back to last season, and the experience of Huskies sophomore Isaiah Thomas.

 

If you live in the greater Seattle metro area, you no doubt were bombarded with pro-Husky propaganda about the great Isaiah Thomas and his glowing purple future. This hype carried through the 2008-2009 season and resulted in Thomas winning the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and Second Team All Pac-10 External linkhonors. In the off-season, it only got louder and more visible-- as the Seattle media propelled him to national watch lists External link and even the cover of Sports Illustrated External link.

 

All that before this year even began.  This season, Thomas has done nothing but improve, posting improved stats nearly every major category:

  • PPG
  • Offensive Rating
  • Effective FG Pct
  • True Shooting PCT
  • FT Pct
  • FT Rate
  • 3pt Pct
  • Rebounds per Game
  • Assists per Game
  • Blocks per Game.

 

And tonight at Friel Court, he won't even be the best pure guard on the floor.  Find out why after the jump:

 

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Bill Moos and the fundraising factor
Written by EC Rules   
Thursday, 25 February 2010 23:01

I was just in the middle of writing a fundraising article with some thinking around what Bill Moos is likely to do early in his term. It turns out that I didn't need to. Cougcenter absolutely nails how it's likely going to play out early on in Bill Moos's tenure. Read the article here: CougCenter External link 

The most provocative thing we might see from Bill Moos over the Summer is what he decides to do with Phase III. Yes, we picked up about 400-450 deposits on seats for suites/loge/club areas but we also picked up significant dollar donation commitments for the project. I also know from speaking with our fundraising arm quite frequently, the sentiment is that they would be able to call a handful of donors tomorrow and close the gap on any dollar donations required to get Phase III done. The hang-up has always been demand for club seats. Just not enough people interested right now.

 

If they shelve Phase III and look to re-purpose dollar commitments from Phase III you might be looking at anywhere between $5-10 million dollars in money available for facilities upgrades. Just think about what might be done to upgrade locker rooms, practice facilities, and the weight room with that sort of money. It's a very interesting strategy. With prices the way they are right now, you could build out facilities that would compete with the very best in the Pac-10 across a number of areas.

At any rate, do yourself a favor and read the CougCenter External link article. Then think about how you might set aside a couple of bucks over the next few months for Bill when he makes that call for all of us to step up.

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The Bill Moos Saga - A Story of Excellence
Written by EC Rules   
Tuesday, 23 February 2010 22:55

We wrote a piece earlier asking whether the  AD hiring process that WSU was employing was idiocy or genius. Clearly, it was genius. Bill Moos will be announced as our next Athletic Director at a press conference tomorrow. Dr. Elson Floyd conducted the most public job search I have ever seen in my life. The typical timeline for hiring an AD is usually measured in months. Dr. Floyd got it done in a matter of days. Speed is one thing. But if you hire a stooge it really doesn't matter how quickly you do it.

 

Bill Moos is no stooge. This is like the Pittsburgh Pirates signing Alex Rodriguez. It's like the St. Louis Rams signing Peyton Manning. Make no mistake, we face significant challenges over the next couple of seasons and we just signed the only guy that is likely an upgrade over Jim Sterk that would be willing to take the job.

 

So, let's put out a report card but let's do it a little different. Let's grade out the process now that it has played out, the candidate that will be filling the job and let's look at his first 90 days in office.

We'll start with the process. How did WSU do in conducting it's job search?

 

Has anyone ever seen a more unusual hiring process? It's looking like Dr. Floyd was so public with things from hour one because he was bound and determined to do everything required to show Bill Moos that he was badly wanted and needed at his alma mater.

 

How did it all break down? Hit the read more button to find out:

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Moos & Sterk: Where there's Smoke there's Fire
Written by Administrator   
Tuesday, 23 February 2010 13:10

As we called it back in December, it is now confirmed that Bill Moos is the new Athletic Director at Washington State University.

The week we posted that, we took a lot of heat from a few of the established Coug fan sites, and even had threads on this nugget removed from the message boards on the grounds that was unsubstantiated rumor.

I'd like to take this opportunity to say thanks for sticking up for your journalistic integrity. External link

That, and any other tip we share with you here on TheCoug.com, was based on a little bit of visibility that we have with the University and the Athletic Department.  We don't claim to know everything about the program, but suffice to say that we don't carelessly post pure speculation without there being at least a little bit of evidence to support it.  And as it obviously was somewhat speculative, we appropriately identified it as a rumor.

In running a public blog, we need to maintain a balance between sharing this type of information, and protecting our "sources," who unlike a traditional media outlet or fan site, are not public relations directors from the university spewing the company line.

The public courting of Moos was a master stroke by Elson Floyd, one which will have a huge impact to define his administration for the rest of his tenure at WSU.  And for fans of Cougar athletics, it feels like as big a win as any we've had in the last couple of years.

And so today is a day to celebrate.

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The Story of the Cougar Shark Attack
Written by OpenToClose   
Sunday, 21 February 2010 14:45

How did the Cougar Shark Attack get started? Have you ever wondered why the Jaws theme plays when we're on defense and the crowd instinctively knows to start the chomp? It's a tradition that does seem out of place considering that our mascot is the Cougar. So, the question is how did it get started?

I've got very clear memories in my mind of when I first observed this phenomena at Martin Stadium but I've never had the chance to confirm my suspicions with the primary suspect. Well, my mission when the Seattle Cougar football event rolled into town was to ask this guy if he remembers the start of the Cougar Shark Attack the same way that I do.

 

Read on to see if you agree with my memories of how the Shark Attack started or if you have a different theory.

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