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.
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..