Colorado AD Mike Bohn Resigns: Why Now?

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For some Colorado football fans, the only thing worse than last season’s record was athletic director Mike Bohn‘s inability to make the right hire to get the program back on its feet. Did the real problem lie with the person making the poor hiring decisions as much as the floundering coaches?

The administration might have finally sided with some vocal boosters and decided it was. With a large capital campaign planned to upgrade the university’s athletics facilities, the university confirmed that Bohn’s resignation, effective June 3, had been accepted.

CBS Denver reporter Vic Lombardi revealed on Twitter that Bohn, who was under contract until 2017, didn’t see the news coming:

 

 

Bohn — and Lombardi, for that matter — might have been shocked, but the news was greeted with a chorus of “Finally!” from Colorado fans and supporters on Twitter.

CBS Sports host Kevin Corke, a CU alum who also does play-by-play for ESPN, spoke for many when he tweeted:

Bohn, who took over as Buffaloes’ AD in 2005, hired nine new coaches during his tenure, including three football coaches. He was at the helm when Colorado made the jump from the Big 12 to the Pac-12, and he also hired men’s basketball coach Tad Boyle, who revived the men’s hoops program with three straight winning seasons.

The Boyle hire is one of the few bright spots in Bohn’s tenure as AD, but the timing of his forced resignation is odd. In a statement, the university said it would seek a “dynamic leader” to replace him, which suggests the administration didn’t have much faith in Bohn’s ability to oversee the planned $170 million athletics facility upgrades, particularly after the program lost money in the last fiscal year.

But why allow him to hire the team’s next football coach if he’s on the way out? Granted, Mike MacIntyre doesn’t seem like a poor choice at this stage, but if the university planned on axing Bohn, why not begin the process of finding a new AD sooner, so he or she could make the decision on the new coach?

Many felt like former football coach Jon Embree wasn’t given enough time — just two seasons. One could make the argument that it would’ve been more prudent to remove Bohn first, give Embree another season while they searched for a new AD, and then let that person decide what to do about the football coach.

Bohn’s resignation might have brought a sigh of relief and some hope to Buffs’ fans everywhere, but the timing and circumstances raise just as many questions.

When an AD says he’s “floored” by the news of his resignation and, through the athletics department, issues a statement that he’s “gathering his thoughts,” it probably won’t be too long before the full story comes out.

 

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