The current state of the Cougar basketball program has been a popular topic in recent weeks and WSU athletic director Bill Moos weighed in with some of his thoughts.
Some athletic directors choose their words methodically and say a lot without really saying anything. They frame their answers like a press release, providing little beyond a generic statement or two. Moos is not one of those athletic directors. John Blanchette of the Spokeman Review has the quotes, here's a small sampling.
On bringing Ken Bone back last season:
"But the mere fact that I retained Ken shows I have confidence in him. If this thing ends up that we get hot and get some momentum, there's a chance there will be an extension.
"If I didn't believe in him, I would have let him go last year. Money wasn't a factor."
On the basketball program:
"But we have Cougar football ascending, and I don't want to see Cougar basketball continue to descend. We don't reward not being successful."
"What we need to do in Cougar basketball one way or another is get a spark, make it exciting," he said. "I get concerned when the students don't even show up because they only have to walk four blocks. Basketball has to be the thing to do on whatever night we're playing or whatever time, and it starts inside out."
And on the future:
"To fill the seats, we're going to have to invest one way or another - whether it's with this staff or another one," he said. "I'm a believer in investing - if there's a belief there'll be a return."
Blanchette's column has a couple more quotes and some other details. The biggest takeaway is obviously the money, with the prevailing thought being WSU didn't have the money to fire Bone and still afford a new coach. The years remaining on Bone's contract may not provide as much job security as we thought.
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