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Recapping Cougar Calls with Bill Moos

WSU's athletic director was back on his radio show on Monday and was joined by Mike Leach. Here are some of the highlights.

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With the holidays hitting right after the New Mexico Bowl, we haven't heard much from Bill Moos or Mike Leach since. That changed some on Monday with a new edition of Cougar Calls with Bill Moos with an appearance from Leach.

Moos covered a lot of issues, here were some of the interesting points. Or you can listen to the entire show yourself.

Moos highlights:

  • Moos talked about the end of the New Mexico Bowl and said if mathematically WSU made the right decision not to take knees. He also agreed with Leach, saying the Cougars should have thrown to try to get a first down. I obviously disagree, but at this point, time to just move on to 2014.
  • The 2014 football schedule will be released on Wednesday. We already know the opponents, but dates will be announced, including Dad's Weekend, Homecoming, etc.
  • Moos talked about players getting older and the benefit of having upperclassmen on the roster. He talked specifically about Cody O'Connell and Cole Madison, saying he thought Madison had NFL potential.
  • When talking about the football coaching staff Moos said "we're not losing anybody." So, don't expect any changes this offseason.
  • Moos remains hopeful the women's basketball team can make a postseason run.
  • Moos on WSU's performances against Arizona, "We obviously did not play well ... We're certainly capable of playing better than that."

Leach highlights:

  • Leach and the family are currently in Key West, partially due to weather, which he discussed in detail.
  • He will hit the recruiting trail soon and summed up the process as well as anyone, "the 18-year-old mind works mysteriously."
  • Leach said the Cougars averaged 270-275 pounds on the offensive line last year and expects that to jump to about 310 in 2014. Looking at starters only, WSU averaged 288.2 on the offensive line last season. A starting group of Joe Dahl, Gunnar Eklund, Carlos Freeman, Riley Sorenson and Jacob Seydel would be 297.4 based on their listed weight last season.
  • He said as a group the team is dissatisfied with the season because they could have done more, despite having what he called the best season in the last 10 years.
  • He called the current coaching staff "the best recruiting staff I've been a part of."
  • Leach called the New Mexico Bowl one of the weirdest games he's ever been a part of and said the coaches and players will learn about finishing and producing a complete performance.


Cougar Calls With Bill Moos Returns - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
After a few weeks off for the holidays, Cougar Calls with Bill Moos, a weekly radio call-in show featuring Washington State University Director of Athletics Bill Moos, returned. Moos discussed many topics including the upcoming release of the 2014 football schedule and basketball games this week for the men's and women's basketball teams.

Washington State Cougars 2013 season review - ESPN
From where the Cougars finished to what was expected of them, it has to be considered a successful season.

Men's basketball:

WSU men's basketball: recapping the road trip - SportsLink - - Jan. 6, 2014
The Washington State men's basketball team's trip to the desert wasn't the cleansing experience often experienced by participants at Burning Man or those on various spirit quests. Rather, WSU's offensive drought was more reminiscent of one Wile E. Coyote — always chasing that blasted bird but always one step behind.

Women's basketball:

The Cougar women will host the Huskies on Tuesday, attempting to snap a 36-game losing streak.


WSU Hosts Washington Tuesday for Cougars Have Heart - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
The Cougars will face the Huskies again this Saturday in Seattle at 3 p.m. on the Pac-12 Networks.

WSU women try to end 36-game losing streak against UW | Husky Basketball | The Seattle Times
Washington’s winning streak against Washington State in women’s basketball has stretched so long, there isn’t a Cougar on coach June Daugherty’s roster old enough to remember the last time WSU won.