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  • [CU] Mike Bohn was forced out.

    ...about 5 years too late. Our chancellors, president and boosters are dumb.
    Mike Bohn's voice on his cellphone answering machine Tuesday evening still cheerily implored callers to "have a great day — and go, Buffs!" — hours after his eight-year run as the University of Colorado's athletic director came to an abrupt end.

    Although official reports from CU said Bohn resigned, university sources tell The Denver Post that he was forced out. In a letter Bohn sent to the athletic department Tuesday afternoon that was obtained by The
    Post Poll - Mike Bohn Out

    What did you think of Mike Bohn's tenure as University of Colorado athletic director?
    Thumbs Up: He moved CU to the Pac-12, improved Folsom Field and hired Tad Boyle.
    Thumbs Down: Football team was a mess and he handled Jon Embree's firing poorly.

    (Note: This poll is non-scientific and is meant to encourage reader discussion.)
    Denver Post, it was clear that he was stunned by the move.

    "This is a very disappointing, troubling and shocking development as we have made so such progress together over the past 8 years," Bohn wrote in the e-mail. "Regrettably, I am resigning as Athletic Director effective immediately. I believe it is best given the current circumstances. They want to go in a different direction and that is their prerogative."

    Bohn added: "I want to ensure you know, as my official separation agreement states, that I have not engaged in any impropriety, NCAA rule violations, university policy violation or any immoral, dishonest, or other sort of misconduct."

    Bohn did not return calls seeking comment.

    Tuesday evening, CU-Boulder chancellor Phil DiStefano announced that former women's basketball coach and current associate athletic director Ceal Barry would serve as interim athletic director until Bohn's successor is named.

    "Ceal's experience, leadership and credibility with our athletic staff and stakeholders make her an ideal person to assume this important role as we search for new leadership," DiStefano said.

    Bohn had three years remaining on a five-year contract extension he received from the CU Board of Regents and DiStefano in August 2011. According to CU, Bohn was to be paid an annual salary of $306,000. With incentives, he was eligible to receive as much as $1.2 million upon leaving.

    In a statement released Tuesday afternoon, DiStefano thanked Bohn for his service.

    "Mike Bohn led CU-Boulder athletics in a time of great transition and change. We are grateful to him for his vision, passion and commitment, and for his key role in revitalizing men's and women's
    Mike Bohn, CU chancellor Philip DiStefano (Denver Post file)
    basketball, helping us to join the Pac-12 Conference, and in taking important steps to upgrade athletic facilities at CU-Boulder. We wish him well."

    Despite the praise, there were indications of simmering tensions between Bohn and university officials. In April 2012, Bohn told reporters that the athletic department would announce a major, "transformational" upgrade to its facilities in the fall. That was before the university said it would conduct feasibility studies to look at the possibility of improvements to facilities such as Folsom Field. It wasn't until February that the school officially committed to a $170 million proposal for the work.

    Earlier this month, the university announced it was restructuring how the CU Foundation would be run. The fundraising department, previously separate from the university, will move under the university umbrella beginning in July. The change came at the behest of university president Bruce Benson, who felt the school was lagging behind its peer institutions in terms of raising money.

    While the changes ostensibly would have given more responsibility to Bohn, some people in the university community felt that the athletic department was already underperforming.

    DiStefano would not comment about Bohn's departure beyond his statement; he is scheduled to hold a news conference Wednesday afternoon.

    In another statement, Benson said: "I support Chancellor Phil DiStefano's decision to accept Mike Bohn's resignation and seek new leadership for athletics at CU-Boulder. I appreciate Mike's commitment to CU-Boulder over the past eight years. The athletics department is positioned to take steps to move the program to the next level, and I am confident we will find a leader who will be a key part of the team that will get us there."

    In addition to leading the move of Colorado from the Big 12 to the Pac-12 in June 2010, Bohn has overseen the hiring of nine head coaches: Mike MacIntyre, Jon Embree and Dan Hawkins (football); Tad Boyle and Jeff Bzdelik (men's basketball); Linda Lappe and Kathy McConnell-Miller (women's basketball); Roy Edwards (men's golf); and Liz Kritza (volleyball).

    The football program, which has sunk to new lows over the past decade, hasn't had a winning season since Bohn fired Gary Barnett in 2005. Embree lasted just two seasons. In the search for his replacement last fall, Bohn focused on Butch Jones of Cincinnati, who kept CU waiting four days before turning down a job offer.

    Having lost out on his No. 1 choice, Bohn regrouped and hired MacIntyre from San Jose State.

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  • #2
    That's good news to hear.

    I would'nt really give him a thumbs up with Boyle either. He got lucky with that hire. Boyle is a phenominal coach but he claims this was his dream job. So Bohn didn't have to do much to get him. It has been an amazing three year run for the basketball team though since Boyle got here.

    Also improved Folsom field? Wasn't that just due to pressure put on him because of how long and bad the football team has been? Also isn't a majority of that money coming from Boosters?

    But lastly it's extremely inexcusable what he has done to the football program. While other programs should not be ignored football is king in this country. And what he has failed to do with that program over his tenure proves what you said that it's about 5 years too late. Also wouldn't exactly credit him with some major accomplishment moving the team from the Big 12 to the Pac-12. It may potentially be an improvement academically and financially.

    But atheletically the Big 12 >>>> the Pac 12.

    Just hope the replacement is a good one that can turn things around.


    • #3
      He was a great fundraiser but yea, there's no excuse for the hires he made for the football team and running it into the ground.

      I wish we would have stayed in the Big 12, even if we're not that competitive right now. The Pac-12 sucks in football besides Oregon right now and they get no respect in the polls, and end up playing like crap in their bowl games.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Houshmazode View Post
        He was a great fundraiser but yea, there's no excuse for the hires he made for the football team and running it into the ground.

        I wish we would have stayed in the Big 12, even if we're not that competitive right now. The Pac-12 sucks in football besides Oregon right now and they get no respect in the polls, and end up playing like crap in their bowl games.
        The only upside is the Pac-12 is also way easier in basketball. So we have already seen that it's easier for the Buffs to do well enough to get into the tournament.

        Not saying they didn't earn it. Just saying they might not have had as good of seasons the past two years playing a Big 12 basketball schedule.

        So it's a trade off between the two sports.

        But that's why they need a better athletic director. So you aren't having to say well we do well in 1 sport but not the other major sport.