Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione was raised with the sense that his adoption was a very special element of his life. His mother and father never hid it from him, never made it a big deal. He thinks because of that, he's always accepted it and has never struggled with it. He's never really had the desire to seek out his biological parents — other than to know about his family health history — but from the time he was about seven years old, he knew he had one mother and one father and never thought twice about it.
He's also never thought twice about his job as the University of Oklahoma athletics department. He's here to continue the renaissance of Oklahoma athletics.
I walked on the football team for one year at the University of Maryland.
Well this will take all of about one sentence, I would say average at best.
I won't steal the line but I probably walked off just as fast as I walked on in terms of the history. You won't find any.
It was a dining experience that I'll never forget — the first time that I sat down and learned how to eat Maryland crabs.
It's an entirely different experience, learning how to eat blue crabs.
You've got to remember, I grew up in South Florida. Not surprisingly I was a big seafood eater.
This is a Forrest Gump movie if you're talking about shrimp and how many different ways that people can prepare crabmeat.
Given my Italian descent, I have just as many great memories of Little Italy in Baltimore. I love Italian food.
I don't know if it's really an Italian secret but it would be my grandmother's recipes. I can just tell you that very few of them were ever written down, I just learned them.
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.