11.May.2015 Bob DeCarolis Retires
Now this is newsworthy.
My initial thoughts: Every AD will have bad hires (look at even the best athletic departments). Bob D had a lot, and was slow to react and fire, probably due to the perception that OSU didn’t have the budget to fire coaches, but also based on some reports there was fear of confronting Riley and setting standards. Weird.
But he also hired Rueck, Tinkle, and Andersen and has left all major programs at their highest points (at least in terms of potential) and even some of the minor programs. Even the Craig Robinson hire, while not good, resulted in a new basketball facility. In general, he had a hand in the all of the positives going on.
So while he had a major faceplant for most of his tenure, he did do some great things, especially at the end. I’d say, as a whole, athletics are better now than when he was hired. When Riley left, it was a feeling of relief (don’t let the door hit you on the way out). With Bob D it’s less of that. At least for me.
Good luck and enjoy life, Bob D. His email is: firstname.lastname@example.org if anyone wants to write him personally.