Bohn met with reporters for more than an hour at the Dal Ward Center to address a variety of issues concerning his department.
Discussion swung from the football season-ticket plan to a March 25 groundbreaking for the basketball and volleyball practice facility to his expectations for coach Dan Hawkins next season and the probability of another year of tight budgets.
Bohn said CU will listen to any proposal from the Pac-10 but there has been no communication between the league and the school.
Bohn said because the Big 12 requires a two-year notice to leave and the Pac-10 is about to begin negotiations for a new television contract that would begin in two years for the 2012 football season, he believes any movement on expansion or conference realignments will come this summer.
Bohn called that "A guess, I don`t have anything to back that up with.
"It`s so difficult to comment because it`s simply speculation," Bohn said. "... We have not called the Pac-10 or the Big Ten and they have not called us. We`re focused on being a great member of the Big 12 Conference."
Bohn was asked about recent comments made by Nebraska athletic director Tom Osborne, who said that he is concerned that "the center of gravity" in the Big 12 is shifting south into Texas. Bohn said he understands how administrators and coaches of north division teams can feel that way in the Big 12.
"I think that mostly has to deal with the fact that the Big 12 Conference has made a commitment for the next several years to explore keeping the championship game for football in Arlington (Texas)," Bohn said. "I think that`s where that comes from."
CSU seating changes
Bohn said there are no price increases for tickets to Colorado football games in 2010, but seating options for the game against Colorado State in Denver will be different than in previous years when the game was held at Invesco Field.
In the past, the schools have sold tickets at the same price regardless of location inside the stadium. This year, seats for the CSU game will be sold using tiered pricing. Ticket prices will range from $55 for seats in the top level of the stadium to $110 for club level seats. All seats will be allocated based on the CU priority points system and season-ticket holders can request an upgrade to different pricing levels.
Bohn said fans have the choice of what price they want to pay and are not being forced to pay the higher prices because they can simply choose to sit in sections where tickets are less expensive.
Bohn said the department is mailing season-ticket renewal information this week. He said growing average attendance numbers over the past four seasons give him confidence fans will continue to turn out and support the Buffs regardless of the lack of success under coach Dan Hawkins.
Bohn said he has high hopes for the football program next season, in part, because Hawkins feels good about his team and has "helped set the stage" for high expectations heading into his fifth season.
"I have big expectations for Dan to continue to be what he`s been of late. That has been focused on football, focused on winning and focused on representing the University of Colorado with a great deal of pride and being very competitive," Bohn said.
Bohn did not mention a number of wins he would like to see Hawkins and the Buffs achieve in 2010. CU is 16-33 under Hawkins in his first four years as coach.
Bohn said he hopes to visit with basketball coach Jeff Bzdelik after the season about the possibility of extending the coach`s contract. Bzdelik is completing his third season in Boulder and is steadily improving the level of talent in the program, though the results haven`t come in the win column.
Bohn said he and Bzdelik discussed a contract extension last offseason, but Bzdelik told Bohn he wanted to earn it. During his tenure in Boulder, Bzdelik has twice been mentioned as a candidate for NBA coaching positions.
"I think Jeff Bzdelik, every day his roots get deeper and deeper at the University of Colorado," Bohn said. "He is convinced that he is very close. He is touched by the fan support. He is touched by the student support and the excitement it has generated on game day."
Bohn said he does not expect the 2010-11 athletic department budget to grow and he believes all or most salaries in the department will remain the same. The 2009-10 budget was approximately $45 million.
"We`ll follow the campus` lead on that," he said when asked about a salary freeze.