Video: AD Bill Moos on impact of Mike Leach hiring

Dec 7, 2011, 5:57 PM | Updated: 6:09 pm

By Brady Henderson

It’s been several years since Washington State had anything other than pride on the line when playing in the Apple Cup. Not since 2006 have the Cougars entered their rivalry game against Washington with hopes of reaching the postseason.

WSU athletic director Bill Moos hopes the hiring of Mike Leach will change that.

Moos joined “The Kevin Calabro Show” in-studio on Wednesday and talked extensively about the desire to return national relevance to the Apple Cup.

“We need to get the Apple Cup back into a position where it really is meaningful,” Moos said. “It’s meaningful to Cougars and Huskies, but I mean nationally viewed as, ‘Hey, the winner of this Apple Cup will represent the Pac-12 North in the Pac-12 championship game and so forth.’ Our fans and Washington fans can remember the days when that was the case.”

As Moos discussed with Kevin Calabro and Jim Moore, Leach’s contract includes a $25,000 bonus for winning the Apple Cup.

Their conversation also touched on the perception that Leach could be tempted to take a different job if he has early success at WSU, Leach’s pending lawsuits stemming from his firing at Texas Tech, the response the players had upon learning of Leach’s hiring, and more.

You can watch video of the conversation below.

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Video: AD Bill Moos on impact of Mike Leach hiring