Feb. 16, 2013; Pullman, WA, USA; The Washington State Cougars band preforms against the Oregon Ducks during overtime at the Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum. The Duck beat the Cougars in overtime by a final score of 79-77. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-USA TODAY Sports
Washington State athletic director Bills Moos recently sat down with Cougars Quarterly and put together a very interesting interview. In the talk (which you can read via the link), Moos talks about how the upgrades to Martin Stadium were necessary to fund upgrades to the other sports facilities.
Here’s what Moos had to say about those facilities.
"We’re getting cost estimates for a baseball clubhouse and an indoor practice facility. The latter is very important because it helps all of our sports, especially the ones that train and compete outdoors. We’re also getting cost estimates for our soccer facility, which is desperately in need of improvements. In addition, we have some ambitious goals in Beasley Coliseum. Though we have made some progress there, primarily in branding, we need to address locker rooms, the training room, and the concourses. I would love to have everything done in five or six years from the time I started, which means we have two or three years left. I think we can do that."
Washington State started behind the eight-ball in the conference when the Pac-12 tv contract was put into place, so they’re still catching up. According to Moos it’ll take the funding of the Cougar Athletic Fund to finally cover scholarships in order to start building towards recovering the debt owed for Martin and to get going on those other facilities. Obviously, WSU is better off in that area than they’ve been ever, but still they are straggling far behind in the conference there.
Reading the rest of the interview, Moos also stresses the importance of being able to put the Cougs out there on the Pac-12 Network 2-3 times per week, the momentum of the Apple Cup win and his high expectations for the near future. He’s always looking forward and is always an interesting read for Cougar fans everywhere. Let’s keep building Washington State up to be one of the best schools in the conference!