IU eyeing Oregon State AD

October 20, 2008
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bob2Indiana University may have a shorter list than expected for its soon-to-be-open athletic director position. The Oregonian is reporting that Oregon State University athletic director Bob De Carolis could be offered the job as early as this week.

De Carolis would not comment. He did release a statement saying he wanted to respect IU’s process of selecting a new AD, and not interfere with it.  There is some concern that the hiring of De Carolis means IU is bringing in another outsider to try to clean up their problems. At least De Carolis, who worked 19 years in the University of Michigan athletic department, has some Midwestern roots.

De Carolis, 55, signed a five-year contract extension with OSU in 2006 that pays him $353,892. Sources close to IU said university officials there are willing to up his pay.

De Carolis left Michigan in 1998 to become OSU associate athletic director of internal operations. He was promoted to senior associate athletic director in 1999, and became AD in 2002.

There are several things the IU faithful might like about De Carolis. He is something of a turnaround artist. Given the state of IU’s football team, that’s especially significant. De Carolis has a track record of managing the business of the athletic department. In interviews, he talks more about increasing margins and leveraging marketing plans that he does about scoring touchdowns and knocking down three-pointers.

Since arriving at OSU, De Carolis has developed and executed the financial recovery plan that helped the OSU athletics department eliminate a $12.5 million deficit and grow the overall budget by more than $20 million. At the same time, OSU had its first winning football season in nearly three decades, its first winning men’s basketball season in 15 years, the softball program made its first appearance ever in the College World Series and the baseball team competed in the College World Series for the first time in over five decades—capturing the 2006 and 2007 national championships. 

De Carolis has overseen $115 million in renovations to the school’s football stadium. Not surprisingly, OSU football coach Mike Riley said the loss of De Carolis would be “bad news.” I guess that’s all a matter of perspective.
  • Can't say I know the guy, but Oregon State is a class act on the field and at the box office. I'm curious to know about their academic success. Even here in the midwest, Oregon State seems to have developed a certain marketing panache. Would he turn IU's colors green and gold?

    Being Hoosier should be low on the list of priorities -- give me the best available person for the job!
  • Under De Carolis' leadership, nearly 47 percent of the entire athletic roster sports a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher. Community service hours have increased nearly 300 percent during his tenure and contributions for scholarships to the Beaver Athletic Student Fund have increased from $5 million to over $11 million.
  • Just one question, what was De Carolis' relationship with Dennis Erickson?
  • Parkershade: That's the Oregon Ducks (green/gold). This is OSU, red and black. As for the speculation; We got M. Brand from Oregon, Mike Riley was actually the first choice over G. DiNardo. It looks as though IU is really more insterested in an athletic CFO than a director. IU could dig up Woody Hayes, Bo Schembechler and Knute Rockne and they would still end up 2-9.
  • Actually the Oregon State Beavers wear Orange and Black. They have also upset USC the last two times they played them at home. Can you imagine IU beating Ohio State of Michigan two out of three years?
  • No, Mike, sadly I can't imagine IU beating either OSU or Michigan, let along OSU and Michigan. I can't even imagine IU beating Michigan this, a down year. But I'd like to try to imagine it.
  • Sorry Parkershade... we do need a candidate from Indiana ... someone who knows the difference between Doc Counselman and Dr. Wells. Managing an athletic departments is not rocket science. Find a Hoosier with good judgement, management skills, and an understanding of the intersection of sports and business, and we'll have a great new AD. We ceratinly couldn't do worse that the professional ADs we've brought in recently.
  • Bring on John Laskowski.

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