De Carolis, Riley Make Statements on Recent Issues
March 18, 2005
Corvallis - Given the number of incidents regarding student-athletes, and in particular the football team, over recent months, Oregon State University Director of Athletics Bob De Carolis announced a plan today to develop a comprehensive review of the program:
STATEMENT FROM OREGON STATE DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS BOB DE CAROLIS
'Please let me first apologize, on behalf of the athletic department, for the harm we have brought to the university and its reputation with the recent actions of a few individuals. We take these incidents seriously and the students' behavior and actions are unacceptable and not congruent with our goals and philosophies within the athletic department.
'Today, I am announcing a complete review of the educational programs and initiatives that speak to responsible behavior, leadership and citizenship of all Oregon State University student-athletes.
'In addition, I am calling for an extensive review of our Athletic Department's disciplinary process and all accompanying policies and procedures both at the department level and team rules level.
'My expectation is to have a detailed plan to implement within the next 30-45 days that will address the above issues.
'Our goal has been and will be to maximize our students' potential in academics, athletics and in social responsibility. We want our student-athletes to represent the university in a positive manner and be productive contributors to society when they finish their stay with us. To that end we are totally committed. It is my hope and intention that today's actions will lead us to that goal.'
STATEMENT FROM OSU HEAD FOOTBALL COACH Mike Riley
'Team discipline is something I take very seriously and something that I will continue to work on diligently. We've had many success stories in our program since I arrived, but I realize that the actions of a few reflect negatively on the entire department.
'My staff and I will continue to educate our student-athletes to the best of our abilities. I agree with Bob De Carolis that we need to review, and in some cases improve, the systems that are in place.'