Moos’s son, Bo, is a senior defensive tackle with the Sun Devils. Bo was born in Pullman when his father was the assistant AD of the Cougars, and Bo frequently visited Pullman as a youth after Bill’s work led the family to Missoula and Eugene.
“He wears 61 in honor of me,” the proud papa said Thursday. “He has since high school because that was my number. You know, we do trash talk each other a little bit. Just like, ‘I’m pretty sure I could have blocked you in my day.’ And he goes, ‘That would’ve been the biggest joke I’ve ever seen.’”
The elder Moos was an All-Pac-8 offensive tackle in 1972 at 6-foot-3 and 245 pounds (“Pretty big in those days”). Bo packs 286 pounds on a 6-foot frame.
Bo starred at Sheldon High in Eugene, but the hometown Ducks did not offer a scholarship. Bo originally accepted an offer from Idaho, but when ex-WSU coach Dennis Erickson left the Vandals to coach ASU, Bo followed Erickson to Tempe after new Idaho coach Robb Akey (a former WSU assistant coach) opted not to offer Bo.
Bo redshirted his first year at Arizona State, played in just two games his second year, then made it into eight games off the bench in 2009. He made his first four starts last season and played regularly for the first time, and he’s starting full-time this season and playing quite well.
“He had pretty good bloodlines,” Erickson said.
“I’m talking about Kendra, his mother.”
ERICKSON, A GOOD friend of Bill, is well aware of Bill’s playing background. Moos is grateful to Erickson for giving his son an opportunity.
“It’s been fun to watch him grow and develop and mature in the time he’s been at Arizona State,” Moos said. “It’s just a thrill for me to watch the whole process. His story really epitomizes college athletics and what it can do for young people. Not everyone comes right in and is a 5-star stud and is going to start.
“There’s far more stories about the Bo Moos’ who had to take his knocks and had to learn to transition (from high school) and make himself into a player in the weight room and ultimately become one of the leaders of a very good defense.”
MOOS SAID “there’s gonna be a whole herd of Moos’ at the game” Saturday night. That includes Kendra’s mother, Mary Jane Antoine, who lives in Pullman (her late husband worked in the WSU physical plant).
Moos will occupy his regular spot in the Martin Stadium press box, but Kendra says she has to support her son on game day, even against the Cougars.
“She’s going to sit out in the cold with her ASU garb on and sit with the parents,” Moos said. “After five years, you get to know those parents pretty well. That’ll be fun for her to sit with them. She always knows she can come back up to the press box and get a hot chocolate if she needs to. I’m not going to take her credentials away!”
Moos’ job duties have permitted him to see just one of Bo’s games this season. That was a Sept. 24 win over USC – the Cougars had a bye that week -- when Bo recorded his first college sack.
Moos also plans to catch Bo on Senior Day at ASU on Nov. 25 against California. Moos will fly to Seattle the next morning for the WSU-Washington game, but he expects to watch Bo in a bowl game and, possibly, the Pac-12 title game.
Moos won’t see his son this weekend until after the game late Saturday night.
“They need to stay focused and all that,” Moos explained.
Bo, of course, already knows how his dad feels about him.
“I’m very proud,” Bill said.