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SBD/May 29, 2013/Colleges
Mike Bohn Out As Univ. Of Colorado AD; "Blindsided" By School's Decison
Published May 29, 2013
COLORADO HOT SPRINGS: In Denver, Anthony Cotton in a front-page piece reports there were "indications of simmering tensions between Bohn and university officials." Bohn in April '12 said that the athletic department would "announce a major, 'transformational' upgrade to its facilities in the fall." That was before CU said that it would "conduct feasibility studies to look at the possibility of improvements to facilities such as Folsom Field." It was not "until February that the school officially committed" to a $170M proposal for the work (DENVER POST, 5/29). YAHOO SPORTS' Graham Watson wrote, "The 'resignation' comes at a strange time given the fact that Bohn was just awarded a five-year contract extension in 2011." He also was "allowed to hire his third football coach" in Mike MacIntyre and "announced facility upgrades that were key" in luring MacIntyre. However, raising money for those facility upgrades "may have been the problem" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 5/28). In Denver, Mark Kiszla writes, "In a business where a scoreboard is a stark declaration of success or failure, it seemed to me Bohn was always too concerned about what people thought of him." Bohn "constantly tried to sell the notion CU was on the verge of something big, and never quite delivered." It is "way past time for CU to find an athletic director who can actually afford the skyrocketing cost of living successfully in the Pac-12" (DENVER POST, 5/29).