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:
- VIDEO: Robinson on AD Bob De Carolis (The Oregonian)
- Indiana message boarders give De Carolis a very lukewarm reception (The Oregonian)
- Riley on the De Carolis speculation (The Oregonian)
- Several mentions on Cliff Kirkpatrick’s blog (Corvallis Gazette Times)
- Monday update: Will De Carolis go to Indiana? (Corvallis Gazette Times)
We’ll have more on this story tomorrow, I’m sure.
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.
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.
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, thereâ€™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.
I’ve spent the morning trying to gather information on Bob De Carolis, the Oregon State Athletic director who may be the focus of Indiana’s search for Rick Greenspan’s replacement.
I just came across this column by John Canzano — who, if I remember correctly, briefly covered IU at one point in his career — pleading with Oregon State to do all it can to keep De Carolis.
Here’s a story I’ve written for tomorrow’s paper. Just wanted to post it up here quickly for you guys. I’ll share more thoughts once we’ve finished covering this Illinois game.
Here’s a link to blog entries from the Corvallis Gazette Times newspaper about this issue. There are several on the page.
By Chris Korman
331-4353 | [email protected]
Oregon State athletic director Bob De Carolis, a top candidate to become Indianaâ€™s next athletic director according to several Herald-Times sources, issued a statement Saturday saying that he would not comment on IUâ€™s search process.
By doing so, he acknowledged that he is part of that process.
â€œAt this time it would not be appropriate for me to respond to rumors and speculation about the position of director of athletics at Indiana University,â€ the statement said. â€œOfficials at Indiana University have this process for this position and I want to respect it. Therefore, I do no wish to make any comments that might directly or indirectly compromise this process. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.â€
De Carolis did not respond to an e-mail sent to him by The Herald-Times early last week.
We’ll once again be conducting a joint chat with HoosierNation.com’s John Decker and several writers from the Indiana Daily Student. Hope to see you then.