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Genius stroke or sheer stupidity?
Written by EC Rules   
Friday, 19 February 2010 20:55

This has to be the most fascinating and non-traditional recruitment/interview of an AD there has ever been. We have been publicly apprised of the day the prime candidate was interviewing, we have seen a press conference before the candidate was offered the job and now we've been publicly notified that WSU has offered the prime candidate the position. The only thing we don't know are the monetary terms that Pres. Floyd has offered to Bill Moos.

So, as we sit back and look at this we are left to wonder why the job search has been conducted in such a unique manner.

First, let's acknowledge that neither Bill Moos nor Elson Floyd are foolish men. There is very likely a grand design behind such a public process. I HAVE to believe that this is a done deal because the risk of Bill Moos opting not to take this job would be absolutely disastrous for Dr. Floyd. It would be the sort of misstep that can forever tarnish a legacy and shorten a career. It would be a Tim Ruskell losing Steve Hutchinson sort of debacle for Dr. Floyd. He has essentially left himself just one "out" if things go sideways and that is the one thing he's kept secret up to this point. Money.

 

Why would Dr. Floyd take this sort of public risk? Let's take a look:

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Bill Moos & WSU: Both sides want to dance
Written by EC Rules   
Tuesday, 16 February 2010 21:38

Moos Wednesday in Pullman actually arrived on Tuesday evening. Ken Bone had to blow off his weekly radio show as he was having dinner with President Floyd and some other key staffers/coaches. The star of the dinner was of course Mr. Bill Moos.

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President Floyd goes all-in
Written by EC Rules   
Monday, 15 February 2010 19:52

Interesting twist today. President Floyd shot an email out to fairly wide base of WSU fans/donors to provide an update on the AD search. It was mostly boilerplate stuff that congratulated Sterk and communicated the urgency with which they are moving to fill the post.

 

Then things got really interesting. To close the email he dropped this little bomb of information:

 

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The Story on Sterk
Written by EC Rules   
Saturday, 13 February 2010 11:47

It was odd driving to the Cougar football event last night knowing that Jim Sterk was going to be noticeably absent. The inevitable questions would lead to rumors and then finally answers. It was interesting to watch it unfold. What was even more telling was the reaction of those I talked to about it and how they were feeling. No one really felt the sadness like they did when Mike Price left or the anger they felt when Tony Bennett left or they joy they felt when Rick Dickson left. Most simply felt …..fine. Here's why.

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How to Fix the Pac-10
Written by OpenToClose   
Wednesday, 10 February 2010 20:20

The Pac-10 is broken. It has been for a long time. Some conferences have sold their souls to "modernize" like the Big East and ACC. They look like modern day conglomerates with no identity, brand or geographic footprint. They are simply a loose confederation of schools that are driven by the football money machine rather than tradition.

The Pac-10 suffers the opposite syndrome. We appear to be the grumpy 70-year old guy taking advantage of early bird specials around town and mumbling about the teenagers today and their crazy conference championship games and television networks.

 

Well, we've reached a breaking point. No longer can we afford to be that odd entity that plays their football games at 10 o'clock at night. We need to become relevant again and that requires more deftly bridging the gap between tradition and modernization. Want an example? The SEC signed a 15 year/2 BILLION dollar TV deal with ESPN External link. Then they turned around and signed a 15 year/825 million dollar deal with CBS External link.  That works out to $188 million dollars a year for the conference and just over $15.6 million dollars a year for EACH school before a single ticket is sold.

The Pac-10 football arrangement External linkis currently with ABC and Fox for a total of $322 million over ten years. That works out to $32 million a year for the conference and about $3.7 million per year for each school. If you add in the basketball contract it works out to another $500K annually for each school. Pretty pathetic. What do you think WSU could do if they had an additional $11.9 million dollars annually in TV revenue? Heck, we could have just saved that additional money for three years and built the stadium upgrade without a single donor dollar.

Obviously, it would be a long time before we get that sort of money (if ever) because of things like media market size. However, the disparity should not be so egregious between the two conferences. Frankly, it's amazing that we've remained as competitive as we have being that short-funded.

 

I think the Pac-10's new Commissioner gets it External linkand we are going to see a heck of a lot of change over the next 24 months. So, hold on to your hats as he lines up tactics to negotiate the new television contracts you are going to see everything from 100 different versions of expansion plans to all sorts of network scenarios.

Here are our suggestions for The Commish as he starts to figure out how to bring the Pac-10 back to it's rightful place as the greatest conference ever created in the history of humankind. Or something like that.

 

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