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SPOKANE, Wash. — An internal audit has found extensive mismanagement within the budget-challenged Washington State athletic department, including the possible inflation of home football attendance figures and the improper distribution of free tickets to football games.

 

"The environment within Athletics ... did not support a culture of compliance or fiscal responsibility," according to the audit, which was completed in mid-April.

 

The document comes as leaders of the school grapple with a $67 million athletic budget deficit built up over recent years.

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There is not an audit in the world that won't find s#!t that is "wrong".   From a Cougar Fan (Or from Bill Moos posing as a WSU fan and posting on another site)   It's from the New

Not sure I understand why this is a budget-related problem.  Your budget doesn't directly correlate to butts in seats, it correlates to cash earned from tickets sold. You get that cash whether people

There were some reports that Moos had been butting heads with the higher-ups at Washington State before he left. Guess now we know why...

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The auditors were kinda dumb here:

 

 

 

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The audit also found that the department was inflating home football game attendance figures.

For the 2016 Arizona game, the program reported a near sellout, when only about 26,000 tickets were scanned for entry, the audit said.

 

Later that season, athletics officials said the annual Apple Cup game against archrival Washington was a sellout, when scanned attendance was only around 27,000. The audit said accurate attendance numbers were important for budgetary and facility planning purposes.

 
Management responded that not all ticket buyers showed up for games, and that it had trouble with faulty scanners and errors by temporary staff manning the gates in the past.

 
"We released attendance as to sold tickets," Moos said Thursday.

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9 minutes ago, funhusker said:

Hey at least we got another reason to question if the sellout streak is legit or not!

 

 

 

On the bright side, it looks like the sellout steak is in good hands!  

 

#GlassHalfFull

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15 minutes ago, NUance said:

 

On the bright side, it looks like the sellout steak is in good hands!  

 

#GlassHalfFull

IDK..There were a TON of empty seats at the Spring Game....

 

Nowhere even close to 86,000.  85,500 tops!!!!

 

:sarcasm

 

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The audit also found that the department was inflating home football game attendance figures.
For the 2016 Arizona game, the program reported a near sellout, when only about 26,000 tickets were scanned for entry, the audit said.

Later that season, athletics officials said the annual Apple Cup game against archrival Washington was a sellout, when scanned attendance was only around 27,000. The audit said accurate attendance numbers were important for budgetary and facility planning purposes.

Management responded that not all ticket buyers showed up for games, and that it had trouble with faulty scanners and errors by temporary staff manning the gates in the past.

"We released attendance as to sold tickets," Moos said Thursday.

 

 

Not sure I understand why this is a budget-related problem.  Your budget doesn't directly correlate to butts in seats, it correlates to cash earned from tickets sold. You get that cash whether people show up to the game or not.

 

If you have a budget problem, you want to focus on tickets sold, not on actual attendance.  This is kind of a curious gripe.

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