Oregon AD Moos to resign, will stay until March 2007

Updated: November 26, 2006, 9:00 PM ET
Associated Press

EUGENE, Ore. -- Bill Moos will resign as athletic director at the University of Oregon, school president Dave Frohnmayer announced on Sunday.

Moos will continue serving as the athletic director until March 2007.

"Bill and I agreed this was a good time to reflect on that progress and look closely at what it will take to be successful over the next decade. Together we reached the decision that now was the appropriate time to make this change," Frohnmayer said in a statement.

Moos, 55, has been athletic director since 1995, and guided the expansion of Autzen Stadium and the construction of the department's Moshofsky Center.

During his tenure, the budget for athletics at Oregon rose from $18 million to $40 million, and the department has added two new women's sports.

Moos was the 10th athletic director for the university.

"I owe so much to this place and I will reflect with fond memories on my years at the University of Oregon. I am extremely grateful to my coaches and staff and to the many donors who believed in the vision and helped to build the blueprint that has made Oregon one of the premier athletic programs in the country," said Moos.

Frohnmayer said the university will begin looking at candidates for the position with the goal of having a successor named before Moos' departure.

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