Another day on the coaching carousel brings about a change at Colorado State. In a statement released Wednesday afternoon, Colorado State announced it has “mutually agreed” with Mike Bobo to move in a new direction at the head coach position with the football program. The statement from Colorado State says Bobo will intend to pursue other professional opportunities, although it is unclear what exactly Bobo is eying up.
“I would like to thank Mike Bobo for his professionalism, commitment and efforts in leading our football program for the past five seasons,” Colorado State Director of Athletics Joe Parker said in a released statement. “He has devoted an innumerable amount of energy to moving Colorado State football forward and fulfilled his promises to developing our student-athletes in every dimension. Mike is an incredible mentor and truly cares about the holistic growth of young people through the sport of football. I’m grateful for Mike’s contributions to our program and have a deep respect for his personal integrity. We wish Mike well in all his future endeavors. He will always be a Stalwart Ram.”
Bobo was hired as Colorado State’s head coach after the 2014 season and accumulated a record of 28-35 between the 2015 and 2019 seasons. After three consecutive 7-6 seasons in Bobo’s first three years, each ending with a loss in a bowl game, the Rams have failed to reach a bowl game in each of the last two seasons. Colorado State went 4-8 this fall.
“Unfortunately, the results the last couple of seasons have not been what we wanted,” Bobo said in a statement. “I can assure you this was not a reflection of the commitment and hard work that we all put into the program the last five years. Our players and coaches never quit and fought through the final whistle against Boise State. I am so proud of this entire team and staff for their incredible resolve.”
Prior to being hired as head coach at Colorado State, his first head coaching gig, Bobo served as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for Georgia from 2007 through 2014. He was the quarterback coach for the Bulldogs from 2001 through 2006 after serving in the same role at Jacksonville State in 2000. The former Georgia quarterback also started his coaching career with the Bulldogs as an admin in 1998 and a graduate assistant in 1999.
Colorado State may be losing a linebacker to a team in the Big Ten. Zach Schlager has reportedly left the Rams with the intent on joining the Nebraska Cornhuskers as a walk-on. The news was reported by The Coloradoan.
Colorado State head coach Mike Bobo confirmed in a brief statement that Schlager has decided to leave the program in pursuit of a playing opportunity with another program. Nebraska has not commented on the status of Schlager or any other potential walk-on players.
Schlager appeared in four games for the Rams in 2018 as a true freshman, which will allow him to preserve one year of eligibility and retain four years of eligibility beginning in 2019. However, as a transfer, Schlager will have to sit out the 2019 season per NCAA rules. That will leave Schlager with three years of eligibility to use beginning in 2020 in Lincoln.
Colorado State will begin a brand new college football season this weekend at home against Mountain West Conference opponent Hawaii, but it remains to be seen if head coach Mike Bobo will be on the sidelines to coach the Rams. Bobo remains in a hospital after checking in for medical evaluations last week.
An update from Colorado State Athletics Director Joe Parker on Monday confirmed Bobo has moved to a new hospital in Denver and continues to be evaluated to determine why he might have felt numbness in his feet recently. Parker said it is possible Bobo could be released from the hospital any day, but the Rams coaching staff will continue preparing the team for this weekend’s game as if Bobo will not be available just in case.
With that being the case, there is some uncertainty over how the staff would run the team with responsibilities like calling plays. That appears to be a detail the staff will worry about later in the week in the event it is determined such a need arises. In the meantime, Bobo has been able to stay in touch with the staff and review film to keep sticking to his job as head coach, but nobody at Colorado State is going to push Bobo to get back as soon as possible if there are concerns about his health still to deal with.
Colorado State faces Hawaii in the season opener on Saturday, August 25.
Colorado State head coach Mike Bobo was taking to a hospital and was evaluated by doctors after experiencing numbness in his feet, a statement from Colorado State said Monday afternoon.
The medical emergency occurred after Colorado State’s second scrimmage on Saturday. After reporting the numbness, Bobo was admitted to a hospital under the advice of doctors so more thorough medical examinations could be conducted.
The head coach of the Rams released a brief statement to recall his point of view and says he expects to be able to return to the football team soon.
“I feel very encouraged by the test results to this point and hope to have some answers soon,” Bobo said in his released statement. “I also feel very encouraged about our 2018 CSU Football team. We have excellent coaches and excellent leadership in this program, and I have full confidence that they will continue to have tremendous preparation on and off the practice field for as long as I must be away. My family and I appreciate all of the great care and support we are receiving.”
Colorado State Director of Athletics Joe Parker also said in a statement it is the top priority to ensure Bobo’s health is taken care of in the best way possible before he returns to the program.
“I share Mike’s confidence that we have tremendous leadership in our football program, and that the coaching staff will continue to successfully guide the team through practices and meetings while he is away,” Parker said in a released statement.
Bobo is entering his fourth season as head coach at Colorado State. The Rams have been 7-6 in each of the previous three seasons. Colorado State opens the 2018 season on August 25 at home against Hawaii in a Mountain West Conference game.
It seems former Tennessee wide receiver Preston Williams is out of Colorado State head coach Mike Bobo‘s doghouse. Preston Williams was back on the field as camp opened for the Rams, with Bobo informing the media his suspension had come to a close.
Earlier in the week, at Mountain West Conference media days, Williams was still serving a suspension for the team. Williams was initially suspended by Bobo in September 2017 due to an off-field misdemeanor assault charge. Williams plead guilty to the charge and was under suspension until proving to Bobo and the Rams staff he was worthy of being a participant in the program once again.
Apparently, it wasn’t just the coaches that were happy to see Williams redeem himself. He also seemed to have the support of his teammates.
“I’m very impressed,” wideout Bisi Johnson said, according to a report from Reporter-Herald. “I mean, he turned his whole life around. It was a little sketchy there at first, but he’s definitely figured it out, and we needed him. It’s good to have him on the team.”
Williams transferred from Tennessee to Colorado State in November 2016 and was forced by NCAA rule to sit out the entire 2017 season. Williams has played in 15 games and has recorded 247 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns from his time in two seasons with Tennessee. He has two years of eligibility at his disposal beginning with the 2018 season.