Bill Moos may be Nebraska’s AD now, but Mike Leach says he plans to stay at WSU

Mike Leach will meet with WSU President Kirk Schulz on Tuesday to address Bill Moos’ departure for Nebraska. Leach says he hopes he’ll get to give input on who the Cougars’ hire to succeed Moos as athletic director

Mike Leach found out about Bill Moos’ departure for Nebraska on Sunday morning, when his wife, Sharon, alerted him to something she’d seen about it online.

But there are no hard feelings at all, Leach says.

Bill Moos is “the best athletic director I’ve ever met in the course of this business,” Leach said. “He’s a fantastic guy. Bill’s an honest, straightforward guy. A guy you could count on and you knew had your best interest at heart. He had a presence that inspired the whole department and a vision for what was needed to succeed.”

Now, Moos, the man responsible for hiring Leach to WSU, is a week away from starting his new job at Nebraska, and the Cougars must move on. WSU President Kirk Schulz named senior associate athletic director John Johnson the interim athletic director and convened a seven-person search committee that Schulz will chair.

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Schulz tweeted Monday that he will meet with Leach on Tuesday to address Moos’ departure and what this means for the Cougars.

Leach said in his Monday news conference that he hopes to have some input on whoever Schulz hires to succeed Moos, and refuted the suggestion that Schulz, who began his tenure as WSU president in June 2016, does not have a good relationship with athletics.

“I’ve never had any problem whatsoever with President Schulz,” Leach said. “I’ve always got along great with him. … He’s been in and out of town, so I haven’t logged the time with him that I would have liked, but he seems like an organized guy and seems committed to WSU.”

Moos’ departure for Nebraska coupled with the Cornhuskers’ struggles under third-year coach Mike Riley, has also sparked…

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