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Collected wisdom: Joe Castiglione, Oklahoma athletic director

OU athletic director Joe Castiglione talks about his time at the University of Maryland, his grandmother's Italian recipes and his job at Oklahoma.

She knew the basics and then would be able to adjust it to taste.

I don't necessarily have that talent. Some dishes, I don't have any … the ones that I learned from her I don't have any recipe, I just remember them and how she would make it.

I started my career three weeks after graduation and I chose a career that led me to a variety of different places around the country, none of which were close to home.

This is an institution that appreciates its tradition of those that came before us and accomplished a great deal, in a sense set us up for building upon their success.

We know that our success isn't a given.

The fact that we're working through it together and people subordinate their own ego for what's best for the university, it's a great environment. I've always said any time I've stood up in front of anybody, I've always said from Day 1 that the job I have is a true privilege and honor and I've never taken it for granted for one second.

We appreciate the opportunity to be in a place where you can dream big and have a belief that you can make those dreams come true.

Anybody that you look at and think of as successful, I think there's several common traits. One of them is related to how much they have committed themselves to someone else's success. Their service to others.

It's really about how you help others become successful, which will determine the level of one's success.

I've committed myself to being a lifelong learner and that just doesn't involve reading or taking classes.


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