Oklahoma AD deserve $30,000 bonus?

John E. Hoover:

It has become en vogue to pile on the NCAA or university presidents or athletic directors or coaches for the exorbitant amounts of money they are paid while student athletes are left to fend for themselves with little more than a scholarship and monthly room-and-board checks. …

This narrative paints athletic directors as villainous slumlords, cold, calculated masters motivated only by the profit they can pocket from free labor, thousand-dollar suits perched high in their shuttered offices tallying up all the money their poor athletes can earn for them.

But reality is different.

ADCastiglione oversees an athletic department teeming with the success for which he is almost solely responsible. …

His tireless and prolific fundraising efforts have more than tripled donor contributions in the past 10 years alone, from $10.1 million in 2005 to $32.6 million in 2012 (the last full year of available data).

OU is one of just seven athletic departments in the country that turns a profit without relying on government subsidies or student fees. …

… consider that it’s Castiglione who hired women’s gymnastics coach K.J. Kindler. Kindler goes out and finds the gymnasts and coaches them. But it’s Castiglione who approves her recruiting budget, as well as any spending for the latest equipment and technology (and whatever other amenities the gymnasts enjoy) because he wants OU to field a championship team.

Same for men’s gymnastics (five national titles under Mark Williams) and softball (two under Patty Gasso) and football (one under Stoops). …

Does Castiglione deserve a $30,000 bonus simply because the women’s gymnastics team won a national championship?


He probably deserves more.

Oklahoma AD Joe Castiglione deserves bonus for program’s success

Thanks Dave.

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Rick Mc

Career gymnastics coach who loves the outdoors, and the internet.

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