Oklahoma athletic director gets 30K in bonuses for gymnastics titles

Friday April 25th, 2014

Joe Castiglione (Jackson Laizure/Getty Images) Oklahoma has won nine national championships since Joe Castiglione became A.D. in 1998, including six in men's and women's gymnastics. (Jackson Laizure/Getty Images)

University of Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione, who will earn $905,000 in guaranteed salary this year, received $30,000 in bonuses due to the school's women's gymnastics team winning the Big 12 title — its sixth in seven years — and a share of the NCAA title with Florida last week, according to Eben Novy-Williams of Bloomberg News on Friday.

He got $10,000 for the conference title and $20,000 for the national championship, according to his contract.

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The program reportedly lost more then $1.5 million last year, and it was one of four women's gymnastics teams in the nation whose expenses outpaced revenue by at least that much in the year ending June 30, according to Novy-Williams, citing data submitted to the U.S. Department of Education.

Athletic directors receiving bonuses for championships is not rare. Only last month, Ohio State A.D. Gene Smith got one week's pay after a Buckeye wrestler won a national title, and California A.D. Sandy Barbour received more than $10,000 for a men's swimming and diving national championship.

Castiglione wasn't made available to comment on the report, and university president David Boren didn't respond to an email, according to Novy-Williams.

Oklahoma is the only school among the top-five ranked programs to give its athletic director a reward for a women's gymnastics title.

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