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Moos gets statement of ‘full support’ from university leadership

January 30, 2019 GMT

The University of Nebraska’s leadership showed support for UNL Athletic Director Bill Moos on Tuesday morning, releasing a joint statement from NU president Hank Bounds and UNL chancellor Ronnie Green.

“In his first 15 months, Bill has done a great job guiding our athletic department. He has our full support, and we look forward to his continued strong leadership.”

A UNL spokeswoman said Green will have no further comment on Moos’ performance and was traveling out of town Tuesday. The joint statement from Bounds and Green was issued, the spokeswoman said, because of requests from two news outlets — one of which was The World-Herald — for a comment from Green.

Bounds, contacted separately, said through a text that there was “nothing” to rumors about Moos.

Also, NU spokeswoman Melissa Lee said through texts that Moos is “not getting fired” and “has not quit.”

Furthermore, NU Regents Chairman Tim Clare of Lincoln said through a text: “No validity to the rumors.”

Questions surrounding Moos’ status prompted inquiries to the university. The World-Herald published a story on Jan. 16 about Moos’ absence from men’s basketball games. Moos said he had been to “three or four” games by that point in the season. Moos attended the Nebraska game at Indiana on Jan. 14. He said he planned to attend the Michigan State game on Jan. 17 but was not at the Ohio State game on Jan. 26 because he said he was attending the NCAA convention in Orlando.

Moos came to Nebraska in 2017 from Washington State, where he had served since 2010 and was dean of Pac-12 athletic directors. Moos also had previously been in the conference during a 12-year stay at Oregon from 1995 through 2007.

Moos signed a five-year deal with Nebraska in 2017. It included a base salary of $1 million through the 2018 calendar year. His pay then increases $50,000 per year to $1.2 million in 2022.