The OU athletics department has contributed roughly $4 million from football ticket sales to "academic enhancements,” according to the school.
OU athletics also has the goal of finishing a $1 million endowment for the library.
"If that doesn't tell the story, I don't know what does,” Castiglione said.
"We really feel our financial model is more in line with the expectations of higher education, intercollegiate athletics and the institutional mission.”
Why Stoops is ‘the difference'
Back in 2005, the OU Board of Regents approved Stoops' $3 million benefit when renegotiating his contract through the 2011 season — just a few months after Florida made a strong push to snag Stoops as its head coach.
Since, the university has been contributing an average of $750,000 a year toward the $3 million benefit.
"The people who are generating the revenue, why on Earth wouldn't they share in it? Because without them, we wouldn't have any of it,” Castiglione said.
"I know Bob Stoops well enough that he would never make any one person including himself the difference in anything.
"But it's fair to say the program he leads is the difference between us having a broad-based athletic program that can be successful and give each of our student-athletes the chance to compete for a championship, to provide a myriad of resources to support them from the academic center to being able to travel that's comparable to other programs. All of these things do have a tie back to the success of our football program.”
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