After Nebraska hired Bill Moos as its new athletic director, reaction immediately poured in from across from the country. The move came as a surprise to many — as noted by ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg — and even a bit of a disappointment for some Washington State alums. However, there was plenty of support for the Huskers hire.
A couple of the more prominent responses came from fellow (and former) athletic directors, who either know Moos personally or have heard enough to speak out.
Here’s a quick rundown:
Alabama athletic director Greg Byrne
Happy for Bill Moos! He gave me my first full time job. Great vision & great guy. Really good hire by Nebraska.
— Greg Byrne (@Greg_Byrne) October 15, 2017
One of the more prominent votes of confidence came from current Alabama athletic director Greg Byrne, who has known Moos for years.
Moos hired Byrne as a regional fundraiser at Oregon in 1995. Byrne went on to become associate athletic director at Oregon State, Kentucky and Mississippi State before becoming athletic director at Mississippi State in 2008. He was also athletic director at Arizona from 2010-17.
TCU athletic director Chris Del Conte
Happy for Bill and Kendra Moos! Bill has been a friend and mentor for nearly 30 years… Huskers got a great one 👏🏽👏🏽 https://t.co/5nJsyx56Ee
— Chris Del Conte (@_delconte) October 15, 2017
There was a brief moment when TCU athletic director Chris Del Conte was mentioned as a candidate Nebraska’s vacant job. However, he quickly dismissed those rumors in favor of staying with the Horned Frogs.
Del Conte has known Moos for quite some time — nearly 30 years, in fact — and was pleased with the hire.
Legendary Nebraska coach and former athletic director Tom Osborne
Tom Osborne spoke with the Lincoln Journal Star’s Steven Sipple on Monday morning about the hiring of Moos. While Osborne said Moos will have to spend time getting to know people in his department, it sounds like the legendary Nebraska coach — and former athletic director — likes what he’s seen from Moos.
“He seems like a very personable guy,” Osborne told Sipple. “There’s no question in my mind he’s a guy who will relate well to Nebraskans and do a good job.”
While Moos and Osborne do not know each other that well, Moos said Sunday that he’d like to develop that relationship. The two did spend some time together in 2011 when Washington State officials visited Lincoln as a part of a facilities study.
Osborne also was part of the group that helped hire Moos.