Six months have gone by since WSU Athletic Director Bill Moos said he wished to break ground on the new Indoor Practice Facility and baseball clubhouse in six to 12 months. No construction has begun, and as detailed by CougFan, the timeline is murkier now than ever before.
It appears that Moos and his staff aren't particularly close to acquiring enough money for either project, both of which will have to be funded by donations to the athletic department. This shouldn't come as too much of a surprise, the struggles to fundraise and the Cougar Athletic Funds lack of success has been detailed on numerous occasions.
The day before he was fired, former WSU head baseball coach Donnie Marbut called out Bill Moos and the athletic department for not providing enough support in the fundraising for the aforementioned baseball clubhouse.
A lot of the fundraising issues comes back to the mediocrity of the CAF, which Rex Carlin of The Daily Evergreen details here. In 2013 WSU was last in the Pac-12 in amount of money generated by donations to the Athletic Department. Uri Farkas, assistant athletic director of annual giving was optimistic in that very article though, talking about the athletic department's plan to make WSU's donor base the biggest in the Pac-12.
If Washington State Athletics as whole wants to take a step, Bill Moos will need to raise the money to do so. The $25 million IPF and $6.5 million clubhouse aren't going to pay for themselves.
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