More praise for De Carolis from Oregon media

By   |   Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2008 - 4:14 PM   |   5 comments

Kevin Hampton of the Corvallis Gazette Times is urging Oregon State to do whatever it can to keep athletic director Bob De Carolis, who is a candidate to take the same position at Indiana.

So that’s both papers that cover the Beavers closely endorsing De Carolis, meaning he’s probably done some things well and — perhaps this should be mentioned here — he’s done a good job of being communicative with the media about what he’s done.

Meanwhile, here in Bloomington, we sit and wait. I continue to get totally conflicting reports on when a hire might be announced. The official word from the president’s office is that Michael McRobbie is taking his time. But sources within the athletic department indicate an announcement is expected soon; maybe they’re just anxious to know who their new boss is going to be.

It’s certainly interesting that De Carolis’ name has been the only one to gain traction. There are supposedly “roughly five” candidates who have been presented to McRobbie by Bill Stephan’s search committee. The only other name that has been prominent is Scott Dolson, current director of the Varsity Club. Some of IU’s current coaches pushed for him; it’s unclear whether he actually wants the job, though. He has refused interview requests by The Herald-Times. So maybe he’s not even on that list.

By the way, it’s not like De Carolis’ name came to the fore a few days ago. We started hearing it early in the month. After a few days, the murmuring about this guy got so loud that I e-mailed him seeking comment on Oct. 13 and heard nothing back the rest of the week. Finally, I called some reporters in Oregon to see if they had heard any scuttlebutt about him leaving. They hadn’t, but they planned to ask. On Saturday the 18th, De Carolis issued a statement about not wanting to discuss Indiana’s process.

So, what does it mean that De Carolis’ name has leaked and others haven’t? I’m honestly not sure. First instinct is to say that he was the most talked-about guy in early October because he’s the guy. Actually, that’s my second instinct. My first is to think that these things are always going to be more complicated than you believe they could be.

Oregon State, by the way, has a bye in football this week. Wonder if Mr. De Carolis was planning on raking the leaves in his yard or if he has other plans for the weekend?

Hoosier Hysteria from the Palestra view

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Green-Ellis has productive night for Patriots

By   |   Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2008 - 1:02 PM   |   4 comments

If you hadn’t already noticed, former Hoosier Benjarvus Green-Ellis had a good game on Monday Night Football for the New England Patriots, as highlighted in this story.

Updating the search for a new AD

By   |   Monday, Oct. 20, 2008 - 10:18 PM   |   Comments Off

Here’s what we know:

  • The 14- person search committee has turned over its list of “roughly five” candidates to President Michael McRobbie. Its work is done.
  • However, Bill Stephan, the leader of that search committee, is working with a group to do its “due diligence” on each candidate.
  • McRobbie will eventually conduct interviews with one or more of the candidates (and possibly already has).
  • One of those candidates is Oregon State athletic director Bob DeCarolis, who, judging by his comments on Saturday, is interested in the job.
  • De Carolis apparently made a trip to the Midwest late last week to with someone about the job.
  • Another one of the candidates is probably Scott Dolson, who currently runs the Varsity Club. IU’s current coaches like him because they crave continuity and an AD with institutional knowledge.
  • McRobbie has not set a timetable for the decision. He only wants to get it right.
  • McRobbie leaves for a week-long trip to China on Oct. 31, thereby missing a chance for free candy.
  • Current athletic director Rick Greenspan will work through the end of the year.

For coverage of the Oregon State end of this search, I’d recommend the following:

We’ll have more on this story tomorrow, I’m sure.

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De Carolis has interviewed

By   |   Monday, Oct. 20, 2008 - 8:10 PM   |   Comments Off

Oregon State athletic director Bob De Carolis has apparently traveled to the Midwest to discuss becoming Indiana’s next athletic director.

Oregon State basketball coach Craig Robinson, the brother-in-law of Barack Obama who De Carolis hired to take over the Beavers, told reporters at practice that De Carolis talked to him about his trip.

“I only talked to Bob once during this,” Robinson told the Portland Oregonian. “He told me he was going out there.”

Robinson also said that De Carolis was one of the reasons he took the job at Oregon State but that he would have “no hard feelings” if De Carolis left.

It’s unclear who De Carolis interviewed with, though. Could his trip have been related to the vetting process apparently being conducted, or was it to actually interview for the job with the man making the decision, university president Michael McRobbie.

Stay tuned.

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Bill Lynch radio show

By   |   Monday, Oct. 20, 2008 - 7:06 PM   |   2 comments

 It’s on. I’m listening. I’ll recap here.Bill Lynch


Lynch saw a lot of Oklahoma State in Illinois this past weekend. They were explosive.

“It’s one of those where we didn’t play well enough but you have to give them some credit,” he said.

The Illini’s passing success, he says, was the result of the established running game. IU has been unable to stop that all year. It has also been unable to create the same effect. That, as simple as it sounds, is the story of the seaso

Now onto Ben Chappell, who made his first start.

“I thought Ben played well,” Lynch says. “He had a lot of pressure on him.”

He means from the defense. And Chappell did have to throw the ball away quite a few times. Lynch thinks Chappell, and this team, will play better in the future.

Lynch is lamenting the missed field goals in the first half.

“Maybe if we score there we slow them down a bit,” he says. “When you have a chance against a good football team, you have to score.”


Lynch expects Cory Faulkner and Andrew McDonald, the starting guards on Saturday, to be healthy for Northwestern. They were both dinged up a bit against Illinois. But Mike Reiter, a walk-on, played well in their place.

Quarterback Kellen Lewis is progressing. “He worked out more this week than he did last week,” Lynch says.

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AD field narrowed to “roughly five people”

By   |   Monday, Oct. 20, 2008 - 2:48 PM   |   3 comments

Bill Stephan’s search committee has narrowed the field for Indiana’s next athletic director down to “roughly five people,” university spokesman Larry MacIntyre said today.

“Bill Stephan and some others are involved in some very detailed due diligence,” he said. “With each person in this group, there’s a very thorough check of their resumes and other things. I would assume at some point, one or more of these people will be interviewed by president (Michael) McRobbie.”

MacIntyre could not say who the five candidates were, and could neither confirm nor deny that Oregon State athletic director Bob De Carolis and current Varsity Club director Scott Dolson are being considered for the position.

McRobbie has not set a timetable for naming Rick Greenspan’s replacement.

“President McRobbie’s only goal is to find an extremely qualified individual who is going to do a super job,” MacIntyre said.

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