Letter from Bob De Carolis

This email just arrived in my inbox:

"Dear Beaver Nation,

Last week’s announcement that Mike Riley would become the head coach at the University of Nebraska created new opportunities for Oregon State University and our football program.

We appreciate and thank Coach Riley for all that he contributed to the growth and success of the football program, our student-athletes and OSU. He and his staff will always be remembered for helping to return our football program to winning seasons, bowl victories and relevancy. We congratulate Coach Riley on his new opportunity and wish him great success.

As we move forward, the foundation for even greater success has been laid, and we will now focus on the opportunity to take the Oregon State football program to new heights. This is an exciting time for Beaver Nation. In hiring a new coach, our goals are to build on our record of football success and reignite fan excitement while winning the Oregon State way:

n With great people—accomplished coaches and student-athletes.

n By outworking our opponents every day.

n By building even stronger fan and donor support.

n By investing in best-in-class facilities.

n And by doing everything we do with integrity.

At all times, everything we do will be about our student-athletes; new levels of success for the Beaver football program; and the tradition and mission of Oregon State University.

As I conduct this confidential national search I will consult with several OSU Stakeholders, including alumni, donors, faculty and former players, in addition to being assisted by well-connected professionals in the intercollegiate athletics and football arena. Be assured that every step of the way, we will follow state of Oregon rules to conduct a hiring process that includes interviewing qualified minority candidates.

President Ray and I are aligned in our shared vision and commitment to marshal the necessary resources to hire the right coach, invest in new and expanded facilities, and compete for Pac-12 Conference Championships.

Our next coach will be a winner. He and his staff will teach not just offense and defense, but life lessons, values and character. They will help guide our student-athletes to success in life and careers upon leaving OSU.

President Ray and I realize that Beaver Nation has a vested interest in this important hire. We understand the stakes and are committed to hiring a great coach that we can all be proud of and who is excited about coming to OSU. I assure you there will be excitement, even greater pride, and a new winning tradition for Beaver football.

Go Beavs!

Bob De Carolis

Athletic Director

Oregon State University"

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