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NU's Bounds, Green reiterate support for AD Moos
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NU's Bounds, Green reiterate support for AD Moos

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NCAA volleyball final, Nebraska vs. Florida, 12/16/17

UNL Chancellor Ronnie green (left) athletic director Bill Moos and NU President Hank Bounds join the celebration in the NCAA volleyball national championship final at the Sprint Center on Saturday in Kansas City, Mo.

Nebraska athletic director Bill Moos has plenty on his plate in the coming months. 

He's made no bones about the fact that he wants to see consistency from Tim Miles and the Husker men's basketball program this year, an evaluation that is ongoing. 

He's addressed long-range facilities needs, including a football-related projects, that the department is in the midst of planning. 

Moos' bosses made it clear Tuesday morning that he's the man who will ultimately guide NU through those processes and everything else. 

"In his first 15 months, Bill has done a great job guiding our Athletic Department," NU system President Hank Bounds and UNL Chancellor Ronnie Green said in a joint statement. "He has our full support, and we look forward to his continued strong leadership."

Early this week, a string of rumors, mostly surrounding Moos' potential firing and also alcohol use and unsubstantiated by any media outlet, sprang up online. Typically, university officials wouldn't even go so far as to acknowledge unfounded gossip, but in this case, it appears Bounds and Green felt it necessary to reiterate their support for Moos and state emphatically that he is not going anywhere.

"I've heard the rumors and started seeing the stuff last night," Moos told the Journal Star later Tuesday. "It's disgusting and obviously it doesn't have merit."

Moos is less than 16 months into a five-year contract that pays him $1,050,000 this year and calls for a $50,000 raise each year through the end of 2022. 

Moos was hired in mid-October 2017 and quickly set about evaluating the football program, eventually firing Mike Riley and hiring Scott Frost. 

In April, he gave Miles a one-year contract extension and made it clear he wanted to see Miles build on the 22-11 campaign in 2017-18. 

"We need to come back and win 22 again this year," Moos told the Journal Star in May. "That's not necessarily a mandate. But we need to have that kind of year. Let's see how we respond to being picked high in the preseason. It's one thing to get there and another to stay there."

Now the Huskers have lost three straight and enter Tuesday night's home contest against Wisconsin — which Moos was expected to attend — at 13-7 overall but 3-6 in the Big Ten. 

The support from Bounds and Green indicates that they're comfortable with Moos — whose experience in evaluating, hiring and firing coaches was highlighted as a strength when he was hired here — leading that decision-making process in the coming months along with the long-range planning for facilities upgrades and other key department projects. 

Contact the writer at pgabriel@journalstar.com or 402-473-7439. On Twitter @HuskerExtraPG.

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Parker joined the Journal Star as the University of Nebraska football beat writer in August 2017. He previously covered Montana State athletics for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 2012.

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