Calling rumors about him harmful and disgusting, Nebraska athletic director Bill Moos on Tuesday dismissed the notion that alcohol has negatively affected his performance during his 15 months on the job.
"I've heard the rumors and started seeing the stuff last night," Moos told the Journal Star. "It's disgusting and obviously it doesn't have merit."
His bosses, NU system President Hank Bounds and UNL Chancellor Ronnie Green, said earlier Tuesday in a joint statement that Moos "has done a great job guiding our Athletic Department. He has our full support, and we look forward to his continued strong leadership."
Moos expressed appreciation for the show of support.
"That was nice," he said. "But the rumors are harmful. If I deserved it, I'd take it like a man."
Moos came to Lincoln after spending seven-plus years as athletic director at Washington State. That followed previous stints in the same role at Oregon and Montana.
"I think my performance in 36 years in this business — 26 as a Division I AD — speaks for itself," he said. "I'm a man of the people. One of my goals when I got here was to be accessible to you guys, the media, but also to the fans. I want to be out with the people of Nebraska and be a regular guy with them and promote the program, and that's what I've done since I've been here.
"The irony is I get labeled because I have a beer with some guys in Valentine or Beatrice or Alliance or Scottsbluff. That's what I've intended to do, and in my opinion it's endeared me to folks. I'm not stuffy. I'm a cattle rancher and a former college athlete, and I love what I'm doing and I love people."
Moos said at no point has he felt like his job was in jeopardy, nor has he ever considered resigning or retiring.
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"There's too much to do," he said. "In my life, I've had these obstacles — not necessarily this specific one — but others that pop up. You just have to address it and move on."
One of Moos' jobs is an ongoing evaluation of Nebraska men's basketball coach Tim Miles' program. Moos in April gave the coach only a one-year contract extension, saying he wants to see "stability and consistency" in the program this season. He attended the Wisconsin-Nebraska game Tuesday night at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
"I get to every game I realistically can," he said, adding that he tries to keep a healthy distance in his role.
"I'm not down on the field during a football game," he said. "I'm never at a practice. I'm not in the locker rooms. My practice is to make sure my coaches have the resources and facilities they need, and the support from me. They have a senior administrator that is specifically assigned to them and are getting answers they need right away.
"When I can get to a game or match or meet, I go to enjoy it. It's not like I'm going to PBA (Tuesday night) to critique Tim specifically. I want to watch and see how we play, how we rebound from a tough loss and an injury. It's not like I'm sitting down there taking notes down on the scorer's bench, for crying out loud."
Last week, he attended his first Husker rifle competition.
"I figure if people are going to take shots at me, I've got to figure out how to shoot back," he said with a laugh, while noting that he takes time to visit with recruits of various sports when they come to campus.
That's a rarity among athletic directors, he said.
"Hey, I'm not going to change my style this late in the game," Moos said. "It's worked for me, and I think it's working here, too."