Letter From Director of Athletics Bob De Carolis

Sept. 8, 2004

CORVALLIS, Ore. - - Dear Beaver Nation,

In light of recent incidents of inaccurate information regarding Oregon State University student-athletes being posted on websites and chat rooms, it has become necessary to address this issue.

The most recent occurrence took place Friday, Sept. 3, when a false message on the OregonLive chatroom indicated that Beaver men's basketball student-athlete David Lucas was killed in a car accident. Indeed, no accident occurred involving David or any other members of the OSU athletic community on that date. Fortunately, members of the basketball coaching staff were able to contact David and confirm his good health before his family became aware of the false rumor.

We are glad to see the author of the misinformation come forward with an apology. However, the issue of accountability and regard for those people discussed on websites and in chat rooms is not one to be taken lightly.

As you can imagine, inaccurate information of this nature has a dramatic impact on friends and family. The OSU athletic department family has lost several members in recent years, three of whom were involved in fatal car accidents.

This letter is a call for responsibility and accountability. Please remember that our student-athletes are 18-to-22-year-old people. Like ourselves, they are members of a family and a community.

To those who are responsible in their exchange of information and who support our student-athletes, I thank you. The careless disregard of a few should not overshadow the enthusiasm of Beaver Nation; our student-athletes truly appreciate the support and excitement you bring to OSU athletics.


Bob De CarolisDirector of AthleticsOregon State University

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