Oregon State is looking for a new football coach after Dave Kragthorpe decided it was time to leave following a 1-10 season in the Pacific-10 Conference.
Kragthorpe, 57, left Wednesday with three years remaining on his contract and is still negotiating a settlement with athletic director Dutch Baughman. Kragthorpe received a base salary of $82,212 and numerous benefits.Baughman said he will scout candidates during the next two weeks but he refused to discuss details. He said that when he has talked to enough people, he will return to campus with a few finalists and introduce them to local officials and groups.
"I have to be absolutely certain I have absolutely the right man for the job," Baughman said.
He said he will not form a search committee and affirmative-action guidelines will be waived because the football coach is considered an emergency hire. Baughman said university president John Byrne has given him the authority to select his own coach.
Baughman and Kragthorpe had a lengthy meeting Wednesday morning and said they came to a decision that Kragthorpe would depart after discussing several different options, including no change or having Kragthorpe resign or retire.
Baughman said the change was "not a firing by any stretch of the imagination."