Much has changed with Oklahoma athletics in the 15 years that Joe Castiglione has been the athletic director. Here are the most notable changes:
1. Football: Everything doesn't begin and end with football at OU, but it sure seems that way. Castiglione fired John Blake after three losing seasons and hired Bob Stoops, who hasn't had a losing season since. The success energized fans, fueled ticket sales and boosted fundraising, which has benefited not only football but also every other sport on campus.
2. Budget: OU athletics was $12-$14 million in debt when Castiglione took over. Now, the department hasn't just balanced its budget but is running a surplus. Additionally, the department is one of less than 10 in the nation that takes no state funds and is completely self-sustaining.
3. Facilities: Every sport has seen a major upgrade of facilities. The changes to football are most visible, including a 7,672-seat expansion of Memorial Stadium in 2003, but the improvements to other sports are even more profound. The women's soccer team was playing at Griffin Park on Little League fields; now, it plays in a multi-million-dollar, 3,500-seat stadium.