Bill Moos

Bill Moos took in the atmosphere on the Memorial Stadium sidelines before last weekend's spring game.

Bill Moos approached the lectern with a smile.

“I’m Bill Moos and I love the press,” he said to laughs at the Omaha Press Club on Tuesday. “My football coach is still undefeated, so life is good.”

Nebraska’s athletic director spoke for about 20 minutes, then took 20 minutes of questions at a luncheon on Tuesday, and that was pretty much the message: Things in the Nebraska athletic department are all smiles.

Particularly for his big money-maker, football.

“It’s got everything lined up to be a golden era again,” Moos said. “The facilities, infrastructure, the support, the most amazing and passionate fan bases in college athletics. I’ve never seen anything like it.”

Moos retold the story of how he was hired at Nebraska. About how as the athletic director at Washington State he felt like he had one more stop in him. How he got the phone call that he’d been selected to be NU’s next athletic director at a breakfast with Washington State donors and fans.

“I dropped my fork right in my eggs,” he said.

How his first call was to Tom Osborne and how he instructed Nebraska color analyst Matt Davison to get in touch with Scott Frost soon after he was hired.

It’s been a crazy six months for Moos, with the firing of Mike Riley, hiring of Frost and more recently the assessment of the men’s basketball program. Moos extended coach Tim Miles’ contract one season.

“I was pleased with both (men’s and women’s basketball programs) this year,” Moos said. “Tim and his staff won 22 games, 13 in the Big Ten. I thought we got shafted somewhat in the NCAA tournament. That ought to be good enough to get in. And we really got shafted in the NIT. Should’ve had a higher seed. I retained Tim, gave him another year, and he was thankful for that.”

Added Moos: “He’s excited about next year.”

Since the beginning of January, Moos has been restructuring the athletic department. One major change he’s made is making communication to him more fluid. Miles, Frost, volleyball coach John Cook and women’s basketball coach Amy Williams all now report directly to Moos. Under previous Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst, those coaches were reporting to other senior-level administrators.

“I think that makes a good statement, and I want to be intricately involved with those coaches,” he said. “In a perfect world, I’d have them all answer to me, but I can’t with all the demands each of them have.”

The crown jewel of the Nebraska athletic department, the football team, was the main topic Tuesday. And Moos reiterated what Frost preached all spring: It won’t be a quick fix.

“We’re gonna run that up-tempo offense we saw (at the spring game), and we’re gonna get the Blackshirts back to being Blackshirts. And that’s extremely important,” Moos said. “You’ve got Urban Meyer and Jim Harbaugh thinking, ‘We better put a little more into that Nebraska game coming up.’ And that’s the way we want it. They’re running a little bit scared right now. And they won’t admit it. We’ll leave that at that.”

In a text message to the Associated Press, Moos said his comments about Ohio State and Michigan were “a bit tongue and cheek.”

“Meant to point out that the competition is aware that there's a renewed energy at Nebraska and we aim to get back in the hunt,” Moos told the AP.

Moos is still settling into Lincoln after living on a cattle ranch the past few years. He and his wife, Kendra, just finished their condo in the Haymarket.

A few years ago, Moos’ son Ben visited Nebraska for a football camp. Kendra tagged along for the day. And when Moos talked to his wife that night, she yelled into the phone.

“I love Lincoln! I could live in Lincoln.”

“Well,” Moos said Tuesday, “always willing to accommodate, that sweet girl now lives in Lincoln, Nebraska.”