NORMAN — 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.