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Live chat highlights: Bill Moos

Washington State athletic director Bill Moos was in Seattle and talked with readers in a live chat on Wednesday. Here are some highlights...

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Washington State athletic director Bill Moos was in Seattle and talked with readers in a live chat on Wednesday. Here are some highlights:

Question: With a few games under Mike Leach's belt, what do you think of how the team looks so far?

Moos: My opinion is that we're making progress each week, which is what Mike Leach is looking for. Our players are working hard and continue to learn all aspects of a new program.

Q: The new addition to Martin Stadium looks to be a huge success. Any news on future phases?

Moos: The design for a 79,000-square-foot football-operations building is complete, and ready to present to the Board of Regents in November. With their approval, we will be ready to break ground immediately following this season's Apple Cup.

Q: What scenario would have to play out for the Cougs to end playing a game at CenturyLink Field every year? Or is this something that will happen forever?

Moos: At this time, the plan is to play a Pac-12 game in late September or October in Seattle. Roughly 70 percent of our undergraduate students are from the west side of the state, and we have in excess of 80,000 alums on the west side. In addition, we have corporate partners in the greater Seattle area and personally, I feel that we are Washington state's university and it's important to showcase our fine institution in this population base.

Q: What are the chances of having crimson-painted end zones next year?

Moos: The plan is indeed to install crimson FieldTurf in the end zones. We held off due to the prospect of construction of the football-operations building, which would encroach onto the west end zone.

Q: What's your take on other Cougars sports teams for the 2012-13 season?

Moos: I'm extremely pleased with the showing of both volleyball and soccer and continue to be impressed with the new coaches.

Q: Can you give a sneak preview of what Ken Bone's got ahead of him for basketball this year?

Moos: I believe we're at a point in men's basketball that we should be competing in the mid to upper tiers of the Pac-12.

Q: Do you think there are any plans to keep the Apple Cup on the Friday after Thanksgiving or will it go back to Saturdays?

Moos: Pac-12 member institutions do not have a say as to when the Apple Cup or any other conference game will be played due to the extremely lucrative television agreements. I think it's worth noting that half of the teams in the conference will be playing on the same Friday that we are.

Q: Bill, do you ever get out on the field and practice with the football team? Just curious.

Moos: That would be a sad sight. I'd rather have people remember me how I was as a player and how I am now as an athletic director.


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