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Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione rewarded for women's gymnastics success

According to his contract, Castiglione received a $30,000 bonus for the Sooners’ national championship. But the program reportedly lost more than $1.5 million last year.
by Ryan Aber Published: April 25, 2014
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photo - University of Oklahoma athletics director Joe Castiglione, the John L. Toner Award recipient, speaks during the 56th National Football Foundation Annual Awards ceremonies on Tuesday, Dec.10, 2013 in New York. (AP Photo/Jin Lee)
University of Oklahoma athletics director Joe Castiglione, the John L. Toner Award recipient, speaks during the 56th National Football Foundation Annual Awards ceremonies on Tuesday, Dec.10, 2013 in New York. (AP Photo/Jin Lee)

— Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione received a $30,000 bonus for the Sooners women’s gymnastics team’s recent success.

Castiglione’s bonus was reported Friday by Bloomberg Businessweek, though the terms of the contract agreed to four years ago have long been known.

Castiglione’s contract calls for a $10,000 bonus for the team’s Big 12 title and another $20,000 for the NCAA championship. The Sooners won their first national title last week, tying Florida for the title.

Castiglione did not return a phone call seeking comment.

While the women’s gymnastics program lost more than $1.5 million last year, OU’s athletic department is one of just seven in the country that is profitable without relying on either subsidies or student fees. Over the past 11 years, Oklahoma’s athletics department has contributed approximately $40 million back to the school.

Bonuses for athletic directors have come into the spotlight after Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith received a bonus of more than $18,000 after Buckeyes wrestler Logan Stieber won an individual national championship at the NCAA wrestling tournament in Oklahoma City last month.

It was Stieber’s third national title, but the first since Smith’s contract called for the bonus.

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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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