UCF athletic director Todd Stansbury leaving to take Oregon State job – Orlando Sentinel
UCF athletic director Todd Stansbury is leaving to take the same job at Oregon State, multiple sources with knowledge of the decision told the Orlando Sentinel.
“Todd has obviously done a lot of good things here,” UCF coach George O’Leary said, “but he’s going back to where he came from and Oregon State is a Power 5 school. I can certainly see the enticement of him wanting to take the job.”
Stansbury took over the UCF athletics program on March 1, 2012 after spending nine years at Oregon State as the school’s executive associate athletic director. Prior to that he was the director of athletics at East Tennessee State University from 2000-03.
During Stansbury’s time overseeing the athletic department, UCF has seen tremendous success on-and-off the field. The Knights transitioned from Conference USA to the American Athletic Conference in 2013. That same year, the football team captured the AAC’s first-ever league championship while going 12-1 including a win over Baylor in the Fiesta Bowl.
The women’s soccer and softball teams also captured AAC championships.
Oregon State athletics director Bob De Carolis announced on May 11 that he was leaving his position after 13 years. DeCarolis, who had been with the Pac-12 school’s athletic department for 17 years, set June 30 as his final day.
In a news release announcing De Carolis’ departure, Oregon State president Ed Ray outlined what he was looking for in a new AD
“Our new athletic director will add to the success of Oregon State’s men’s and women’s athletics and grow fan excitement and engagement,” Ray said. “He or she will be committed to our student-athletes and to all OSU students. The new director will contribute to the remarkable transformation that is occurring at Oregon State where everything we do is about excellence and leadership.”
“Oregon State will compete and will win championships. We will win the right way – the Oregon State way,” Ray said. “Count on it. You have my word on it.”
Oregon State just hired former Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen to take over the Beavers program. He will be replacing Mike Riley, who spent the past 15 seasons in Corvallis.
Oregon State has more than $220 million in sports facilities improvements completed or currently under way. Among them is $42 million project to improve the Beaver’s football facilities and the 45,674-seat Reser Stadium.
Oregon State ranks eighth among Pac-12 schools in 2014 revenue and 50th overall with the school generating $63,301,794 last year according to the most recent numbers put together by USA Today. UCF is not that far away at No. 56 with the school generating $49,764,152 last season.
Those numbers are crucial especially as athletic departments across the country begin dealing with the ripple effect from the various lawsuits including O’Bannon v. NCAA antitrust case which is currently under appeal. That decision forced program’s to begin offering stipends to cover the full cost of attendance over the typical scholarship. That amount varies based on the budgetary restrictions put on by each school’s athletic programs.
Oregon State has a 6-3 record in bowl games and has finished in the top 25 rankings four times. The baseball team was won two College World Series titles and played in nine NCAA tournaments. The women’s basketball team won its first Pac-12 title in 2015.
Stansbury will also named to the newly-formed Football Oversight Committee in early April. The group was created as part of the new governance changes to the NCAA and is chaired by Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby. It will be in charge of looking at issues affecting college football including an early signing period, satellite camps and oversigning.