De Carolis and OSU agree to new deal

OREGON STATE Director of Athletics Bob De Carolis has signed a five-year contract extension effective July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2016, OSU President Dr. Edward Ray announced Tuesday in a release. The new contract pays De Carolis an annual salary of $490,364.

De Carolis has served in his current role since 2002 and should he fulfill the contract would be OSU's second-longest tenured Director of Athletics (R.S. "Spec" Keene, 1947-64) in school history.

"Bob continues to be an outstanding leader for the OSU athletics department, and a valuable member of the university leadership team," Ray said.

De Carolis has been an AD candidate in recent years at schools like Indiana and Michigan. In 2009, he upset some OSU fans in an Oregonian article when he said, "I've never seen a state like this, where it's one or the other, you're a Duck or you're a Beaver. Well, if (OSU alumni) are so proud of that, why is it so hard to keep this thing going? We have a hell of a football product -- a hell of a football product -- and we can't sell out the stadium? Where are all the Beaver fans?"

The new Pac-12 television deal, however, along with the to-be-created Pac-12 network is expected to pay OSU and other conference schools more than $20 million on average beginning in 2012. The Pac-12 TV agreement with ESPN and Fox is a 12-year, $3 billion contract.

De Carolis, a 58-year old native of Philadelphia, Pa., oversees a department with a $54 million budget, over $25 million increase when he was first appointed to the position. He was selected the 2010 Football Bowl Subdivision West Region Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year by his peers and has guided Beaver athletics to unquestionably it's best era, the school said in the release.

De Carolis began his OSU career in 1998 as Associate Athletic Director for Internal Operations and was promoted 14 months later to Senior Associate Athletic Director. He came to OSU from the University of Michigan where he served in various capacities for nearly 20 years.


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