Watching Jon Embree‘s final press conference at Colorado was uncomfortable bordering on excruciating. In addition to the emotional Embree, who was fired after just two seasons, Buffaloes athletic director Mike Bohn looked and sounded like a man with few answers for the problems facing his program.
It appears the university feels the same way. Or, the university would have you believe Bohn feels the same. Or something.
Either way, Bohn is out as CU’s athletic director, as made official by the fact that chancellor Philip P. DiStefano “accepted Bohn’s resignation” effective June 3.
“Mike Bohn led CU-Boulder athletics in a time of great transition and change,” said DiStefano in a statement. “We are grateful to him for his vision, passion and commitment, and for his key role in revitalizing men’s and women’s 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.”
The news of Bohn’s departure was first reported by Mark Johnson of 850 KOA, with Bohn later texting to CBS Denver reporter Vic Lombardi “I’m floored.” Bohn had three years remaining on his contract. A search for a new AD will begin in earnest.
Bohn oversaw some positives at CU since his start in 2005, including the school’s transition to the Pac-12 and hiring Tad Boyle as the men’s basketball coach. He’s also had two bad football hires in a row with Dan Hawkins and Embree. With a fundraising effort underway for improved facilities, CU apparently thinks fresh start at the top of the athletic department is needed only a few months after hiring Mike MacIntyre.