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College athletics: Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione to head NCAA Men's Basketball Committee in 2015-16

On Friday, Joe Castiglione added one of the most important, high-pressure gigs in college athletics to his future agenda. The OU athletic director was named as the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee chair for the 2015-16 season. He’ll serve as vice-chair during the upcoming year.
by Jason Kersey Published: July 18, 2014
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The two were together again in 2011, when Castiglione was appointed to the men’s basketball committee. Hathaway served as chair that year, when he was Connecticut’s athletic director.

Multiple peers and colleagues of Castiglione’s praised his attention to detail and thoroughness when contacted Friday by The Oklahoman.

“Joe is a pro,” said Utah State athletic director Scott Barnes, who will begin his term as committee chair on Sept. 1. “People respect him. He’s trustworthy, and that certainly goes a long way in any profession. He’s a visionary in terms of thinking about what’s coming in our industry down the line.”

The men’s basketball chair is nominated and selected by committee members, who each serve five-year terms. When Castiglione joined the committee, he was actually finishing outgoing Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe’s term and was subsequently selected for a term of his own. Chairs serve one-year terms.

Boren said he continues to be amazed by Castiglione’s ability to juggle multiple committee assignments while also successfully running OU’s athletic department.

“It doesn’t detract from his work at OU; in fact, I think in a way it enhances it because it really gives him a very broad understanding of what’s going on in intercollegiate athletics,” Boren said.

“I’m always happy when he undertakes something like this. All it means is that he just puts in extra hours. He’s not a 9-to-5 athletics director. I know that because I get calls from him at all times of the early morning, middle of the night, whenever. He’s just always there. Sometimes I don’t know how he manages it.”

by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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