Football interview - Northwestern
Ronnie Green and guest Bill Moos discuss the first two weeks of the new athletic director's tenure. Moos discusses his first opportunity to see the Nebraska football game experience in Memorial Stadium and his outlook for leading athletics at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.
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[00:00:03.480]Welcome back, Canada Kick Off
[00:00:04.467]here in the Huskers Sports Network, Nebraska Today,
[00:00:06.289]ready to take on the Northwestern Wildcats
[00:00:07.702]in time for our weekly chat with Chancellor Ronnie Green
[00:00:10.770]here at the University of Nebraska Lincoln,
[00:00:12.175]and you brought a special guest,
[00:00:13.321]athletic director Bill Moos.
[00:00:14.485]It's been a crazy couple of weeks for you.
[00:00:17.342]You had to, you decided to make a change
[00:00:19.489]at that role at the university in the athletic department,
[00:00:21.904]and I know you are thrilled with the decision.
[00:00:23.727]We sure are, Greg.
[00:00:25.016]You know, so Bill has now been on the job
[00:00:28.278]a little under two weeks.
[00:00:30.345]I think tomorrow will be the two week point
[00:00:32.039]from when we made the announcement
[00:00:34.153]that he would be coming to the University of Nebraska
[00:00:35.790]as our new athletic director,
[00:00:37.740]and we could not have been more excited about that,
[00:00:39.783]and about bringing him here to work
[00:00:43.088]in leading our athletics program to new levels
[00:00:45.516]and leadership nationally that we all aspire to
[00:00:48.359]and are looking forward to.
[00:00:49.740]Bill has hit the ground running.
[00:00:51.788]He's met a lot of people,
[00:00:53.646]he's been getting his hands around a large organization
[00:00:57.825]and Husker Athletics is over 300 employees
[00:01:00.298]and fielding over 20 teams, you know,
[00:01:04.124]in our athletics program,
[00:01:05.592]and the facilities and the people,
[00:01:08.541]and he's been out with a lot of folks too.
[00:01:11.740]I was at a couple of different receptions with him
[00:01:14.412]this week and last week,
[00:01:16.587]so could not be more pleased that Bill's here,
[00:01:18.874]equally pleased that Kendra, his wife,
[00:01:20.764]is part of that equation,
[00:01:22.856]that we're getting to know as well.
[00:01:24.238]So welcome to Bill Moos.
[00:01:25.515]Great to have him here.
[00:01:26.517]About ready to experience your first
[00:01:27.627]Husker football home game.
[00:01:29.016]You were at the game at Purdue last week,
[00:01:30.537]but I'm sure you're anxious to see a home game
[00:01:32.684]and see all the theatrics of that.
[00:01:35.240]What has the last couple of weeks been like for you?
[00:01:37.980]Has it been educational, have you learned a lot?
[00:01:39.789]Well yeah, I've met a lot of people.
[00:01:41.917]I've spent a lot of time with the media as well,
[00:01:44.647]getting to know my staff and these great fans,
[00:01:48.070]and what I'm really looking forward with this home game
[00:01:51.469]is to see the fans in action.
[00:01:54.016]I got to see the Huskers in action
[00:01:55.905]and I'm looking forward to watching us again at this game,
[00:02:00.387]but to see the fans and all the,
[00:02:03.824]all the reputation that this fan base has
[00:02:07.030]as being so supportive and that's going
[00:02:09.713]to be really exciting for me.
[00:02:11.373]Have you gotten a sense of what the fans are thinking?
[00:02:13.924]I mean there's obviously great passion
[00:02:15.808]towards Huskers sports, and in particular, football.
[00:02:18.815]There's probably a certain amount of frustration right now
[00:02:20.719]as well with the team at four and four.
[00:02:23.041]Well they're used to championship caliber teams
[00:02:28.043]and certainly that's what
[00:02:29.587]the University of Nebraska deserves,
[00:02:31.250]and that all rolls into really my observations
[00:02:35.487]and trying to get a feel for things,
[00:02:37.908]and while maybe we can do some things
[00:02:40.723]a little bit different, maybe a lot different,
[00:02:42.520]we don't know yet, so I'm looking forward to today
[00:02:45.887]and having a real good feel for most of all,
[00:02:50.859]just the game day activities and all the fun
[00:02:54.028]that goes along with it and meeting more and more people.
[00:02:57.060]You have a great reputation of being
[00:02:58.662]a program builder at various stops,
[00:03:00.903]whether it was Washington State or Oregon,
[00:03:02.666]Montana before that as well.
[00:03:03.666]Can you describe what you kind of vision
[00:03:06.089]for being an athletic director here at Nebraska
[00:03:08.042]is going to be like?
[00:03:09.192]Well a lot of the pieces are already in place here,
[00:03:11.838]and it's very impressive.
[00:03:13.681]We've got excellent leadership in Chancellor Green
[00:03:17.038]and President Bounds, and as I start to meet my staff,
[00:03:22.044]I see people that are very engaged and very proud
[00:03:26.766]to be Huskers,
[00:03:28.476]and so that's all in place.
[00:03:30.926]The facilities are in place,
[00:03:32.804]the table, in many regards, is all set,
[00:03:35.371]and we need to come in and adjust a couple things,
[00:03:39.842]in my opinion.
[00:03:40.841]I'll get a better feel for that in the ensuing two weeks,
[00:03:44.486]three weeks from now,
[00:03:45.717]but it's not going to be as long of a process,
[00:03:50.233]anything that we do, as I've been used to in the past.
[00:03:54.982]You know, this is a,
[00:03:57.257]there's no professional sports team
[00:03:58.519]in the state of Nebraska, so I think,
[00:04:00.148]and the chancellor would probably agree with this,
[00:04:02.619]about everybody in the state kind of feels
[00:04:04.091]like they have a little bit of ownership
[00:04:05.393]of the Husker program.
[00:04:06.511]I'm sure maybe you have sensed a little bit of that,
[00:04:08.600]even just in a couple of weeks.
[00:04:09.979]Well my colleagues would long for that,
[00:04:13.337]and there's no pro franchises, as you said.
[00:04:18.167]There's just one university that's Power Five,
[00:04:24.962]and everywhere you go, you see red,
[00:04:26.916]and you couldn't write something better than that
[00:04:30.570]for an athletic director to step into,
[00:04:32.567]so I feel very, very fortunate.
[00:04:35.211]Ronnie, when you made the change,
[00:04:36.631]you were looking for more competitiveness across the board.
[00:04:39.751]Bill certainly has a record of that behind him as well,
[00:04:42.263]and I know his vision was a big reason
[00:04:45.086]why he's sitting here as the current director.
[00:04:48.220]I mean we made it clear that in making the change
[00:04:51.469]in leadership of our athletics program,
[00:04:53.802]that we were aspiring to that level of competitiveness
[00:04:56.429]that we believe Nebraska is and deserves,
[00:05:00.683]and across all sports.
[00:05:02.924]We made that very clear that we're looking across
[00:05:04.942]all the sports that we field.
[00:05:06.617]Football is a big deal here,
[00:05:08.265]like we all know and believe and value,
[00:05:10.304]but across all of our sports,
[00:05:13.199]we want to aspire to that level of competitiveness,
[00:05:15.498]and Bill has that history, he has that experience.
[00:05:18.711]You can't meet him and not feel that
[00:05:21.373]and feel that drive and that desire for competitiveness.
[00:05:25.517]You know I've been catching a lot of grief
[00:05:26.539]because a lot of folks say, well you hired him
[00:05:28.014]because he's a beef guy.
[00:05:29.111]Aren't you a beef guy?
[00:05:30.780]And I said well it certainly didn't hurt anything,
[00:05:32.159]it didn't hurt anything in Nebraska,
[00:05:34.312]but no, we could not be more excited
[00:05:36.610]about the leadership he's going to bring
[00:05:38.419]to the department, and today, as he said,
[00:05:41.102]he's going to get his first opportunity
[00:05:42.346]to see the third largest city in Nebraska on game day
[00:05:45.806]and all the fanfare that goes with that
[00:05:48.523]from the greatest fan base in all of college sports.
[00:05:51.378]Got to get him a balloon so he can have
[00:05:52.876]a balloon to carry around and let go of.
[00:05:53.886]Absolutely right, absolutely right.
[00:05:55.750]Well it's going to be great.
[00:05:56.750]Great to see you, Bill.
[00:05:57.752]Thanks so much, appreciate it.
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