SPOKANE - Bill Moos, who helped the Oregon Ducks attract unprecedented publicity with the aid of attention-grabbing uniforms designed by Nike, hopes to repeat the magic at Washington State.
Moos, the former Oregon athletic director and current Washington State AD, joined Nike representatives in unveiling new Cougars uniforms for five teams Monday night.
The gala event, held in a ballroom at the historic Davenport Hotel, attracted hundreds of fans. WSU athletes, coaches, cheerleaders and athletic department personnel were on hand for one of numerous events planned this week in Spokane – including Saturday afternoon’s spring football game at Albi Stadium – as Moos continues his push to attract more Spokane fans to WSU sports events.
“I’m hopeful and truly believe we’re going to move Cougar athletics into a position to be consistently competitive in the new Pac-12 Conference,” Moos said. “In order to do that, we need to be proud of how our appearance is, how we represent the university.”
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The crimson and gray scheme in current WSU uniforms varies by sport. Now the colors will be the same; lettering and numbers are more uniform; and the WSU logo is featured.
WSU athletes modeled the new home and away uniforms. The football team will have a “special game uniform” that is primarily gray from the helmet down to dark gray pants.
“Our athletes wanted black (for the alternative football uniforms),” Moos said. “I said, ‘We’re not quite good enough to wear black yet, OK? We’re going to be.’ ”
Athletes praised the design and lightweight material of the uniforms.
“I love ’em,” quarterback Jeff Tuel said. “The fabric is great.
“I’m excited to wear them when we’re sweating and wet. They’ll dry up real quick.
“They’re light, they’re stretchy and they’re real comfortable. Nike did a great job.”
Football coach Paul Wulff, who joked that Moos has assured him the new uniforms will make WSU football players “run faster and hit harder,” said media reports of a season-ending knee injury for redshirt freshman wide receiver-kick returner Blair Bomber may be premature.