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SPOKANE, Wash. - The Pac-10 – or the new Pac-12, or whatever you want to call it – has been a conference of haves and have-nots. The USC Trojans have won national championships. The Washington State Cougars haven't even come close. But at least the Cougars haven't been sanctioned by the NCAA, said new athletic director Bill Moos.

Moos, in an interview with SWX on Monday said he's learned from Southern California's example, and that he would aim for the type of institutional control that USC didn't have.

"We want to do some big things, but we want to do it the right way," said Moos. "Today in intercollegiate athletics that can be a challenge. With the pro influence there's a lot of money being passed around and we just have to make sure that we're monitoring that appropriately. We've got people who do a very good job in that regard."

Moos said that, by and large, improper influence from aggressive agents hasn't been a problem at Washington State. But just because it hasn't happened in the past doesn't mean it won't happen in the future.

"It's something that we always have to keep in our minds, because it takes a while to build a quality intercollegiate athletic program and it can all be a house of cards if you have something happen to us like what has happened at USC."

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