July 2012 Archives
This photo of Aron Baynes as a member of the Australia Boomers was taken three years ago by Bill Baxter of Basketball Australia, and is fitting in two major different ways. First off, Baynes will represent Australia in the 2012 Olympics, which begin today. He and the Boomers will open against Brazil, Sunday, July 29 at 3:15 a.m. Pacific Time. Secondly, today marks just one week until the 2012-13 WSU men's basketball squad leaves for its international tour in...Australia. The Cougars will leave for Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Aug. 3, arriving Sunday, Aug. 5 Australia time. The Cougs will also stop by Sydney, Brisbane and Cairns before returning to Pullman Thursday, Aug. 16.
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Cougars Quarterly: As you begin your third season as Director of Athletics, has coming back to WSU been everything you expected it to be?
Moos: It has and then some. I've been very pleased with the support I've received from President (Elson) Floyd and his entire administration, from the Board of Regents, and all the fans. I really feel Cougar Athletics is ripe to make a move within the conference and be a respected and competitive program in all our sports. We're making some very good strides.
Cougars Quarterly: What did you take away from WSU as a student that you applied in your career?
Moos: The thing that is so special about Washington State is that in many regards it is timeless. The experience that I had as a student-athlete at Washington State in the early '70s is not dissimilar to the experience of the student-athletes today. It is a fabulous campus in a wonderful community where everybody seems to know and care about everybody else. What I took away in 1973 when I left are many, many fond memories and having learned some valuable lessons in becoming an adult and moving on with my life. It's a thrill for me to have an opportunity to finish my career where I started it and have the chance to give something back.
Cougars Quarterly: Can you talk about the Pac-12 television contract and what effect that has made to Cougar Athletics?
Moos: There are many features in our Pac-12 television deal. There are some that are essential for our ability to see growth and prosperity in Cougar Athletics. First and foremost is the fact that we are sharing our TV money equally. That has not been the case in the history of our conference. Without that, we would not be able to talking about the renovation of Martin Stadium, the football operations building, or even having Mike Leach and his football staff here. Those monies are invested and I think invested very wisely. However, along with that comes some sacrifices and some of those have to do with the days and times our football and men's basketball games are going to be played. This is not unique to the Pac-12 this is happening across the country as television partners are shelling out big, big dollars to have the opportunity to have key competitions on the TV windows they select. Our opener at BYU is going to be on Thursday in a prime window, an exclusive window. There will be no other competition in college football in that window. You can't put a price tag on that for exposure for our university. The same holds true two weeks later for a Friday game at UNLV.
Cougars Quarterly: Is that the reason why the Apple Cup was moved to the Friday after Thanksgiving?
Moos: I know there has been some concern from fans about the Apple Cup being played on Friday, but again that is the result of where our television partners have placed us that day. In fact, half the schools in the Pac-12 will be playing on that Friday. It's not unique to us and won't be happening every year. It's something our fans have got to get used to. I'm hoping they will understand and they will be here to support us. If we are going to have a successful football program we are going to have to sacrifice some holidays. Ideally, the main one that we want to sacrifice is New Year's Day.
With this week's announcement of WSU's opponent for the 2012 Cougar Hardwood Classic, we've chosen a photo from last season's CHC. Shortly after the announcement of his hiring, Dec. 6, head football coach Mike Leach was introduced and addressed the crowd at KeyArena, Dec. 22. This photo was taken right before Leach spoke to the enthusiastic crowd, which ecstatically applauded the new Cougar.
This photo is a blast from the recent past. With yesterday's announcement of the team's trip to Australia this August, it's only fitting to feature a photo from the last time the team went on a trip, which also happened to be to Australia. Also fittingly, here in this photo is the only remaining member of the men's basketball program that made the journey to Australia, ninth-year assistant coach Ben Johnson. In this photo Johnson is posing on the beach with Kyle Weaver, Aron Baynes and former operations assistant, Ronnie Wideman. Weaver is currently wrapping up NBA Summer League action with the Utah Jazz, while Baynes is preparing for the Olympics as a member of the Boomers, Australia's national team.
This photo was taken at Santa Monica Pier in March when the team had a few days free between its games at UCLA and USC and the start of the Pac-12 Tournament. The Cougars took advantage of the great weather that day, wearing shorts and short sleeves, something you can't always do in early March in Pullman. This photo features (from left to right): manager Devin Jones, Brock Motum, manager Neil Stover, Charlie Enquist, Marcus Capers, Dominic Ballard, Abe Lodwick, DaVonte Lacy, Patrick Simon, Chuks Iroegbu, Dexter Kernich-Drew and Will DiIorio.