Tad Boyle's peers were jealous. His boss was so cool.
Mike Bohn's idea to pay for the most hardcore members of the C-Unit to travel to the Pac-12 Tournament proved to be a stroke of genius.
The Buffs were able to pull out four tense games at the Staples Center -- a venue that was transformed by the students from Boulder into Coors Events Center West Coast -- to earn a trip to the NCAA Tournament in March.
Colorado's athletic director was the toast of downtown Los Angeles during the four-night postseason party.
"It was the talk of the tournament last year," Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott said when I spoke to him at last month's basketball media day in San Francisco. "It was a great move, and I think the other schools admire it. They probably want to replicate it this year.
"Talking to Tad, they felt like it was a little extra advantage."
Bohn should be lauded for hiring Jeff Bzdelik to build a solid foundation from the rubble that was CU basketball.
Obviously, hiring Boyle has taken the program to a level that was unimaginable not so long ago.
It also appears that Linda Lappe is rebuilding the women's program in a way that will eventually remind fans of the Ceal Barry glory days and help everyone forget the Kathy McConnell-Miller era.
The new practice facility at the Coors Events Center has helped Boyle, Lappe and volleyball coach Liz Kritza on the recruiting trail.
And making sure CU had a seat at the Pac-12 table before seemingly everyone else acquired an insatiable appetite for conference realignment was Bohn's signature victory.
All of the above have certainly earned Bohn some prestige within the profession.
Yet the resume is besmirched by seven years of bottom-rung football.
Bohn is a beloved figure in Boise, Idaho. It wasn't until after CU hired Hawk-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named that anyone on the national scene had ever heard of Chris Petersen or taken the program with blue turf seriously.
Since that move, the Buffs are 25-59 and the Broncos are 81-8.
So far, Jon Embree isn't exactly helping Bohn erase the glaring mistake.
CU's second-year head coach is struggling to turn things around with a bleak 4-19 record entering the final two games of the 2012 season.
Embree will almost certainly make major staff changes during the offseason. Bohn will also add support staff to help the coaches identify and evaluate recruiting prospects.
There is no chance Embree will receive a pink slip.
Even if the Buffs (1-9 overall, 1-6 Pac-12) -- who will try to put some whipped cream on a unpalatable year with a home win(s) against Washington and Utah -- suffer a second consecutive double-digit loss season.
The bottom line: Bohn needs Embree to succeed.
An athletic director, no matter how successful he or she may be in other areas, shouldn't get a chance to hire a third football coach if the previous two fail miserably.
That makes 2013 a must-win season for Bohn.
It's a tricky situation because a lot of frustrated fans have decided they need to see better results after seven consecutive losing seasons in order to continue supporting the program.
At the same time, Bohn needs boosters to break out their checkbooks and help fund the athletic department's "transformational" facilities upgrade project in and around Folsom Field.
Originally, formal details about the plan were going to be unveiled by Bohn in September.
Nine losses by an average score of 48.3 to 15.7 haven't helped the timeline.
No other athletic directors in the Pac-12 are jealous of CU football. Frankly, it's an embarrassment to the conference right now.
Bohn must do whatever it takes to make sure Embree fixes the myriad of problems at the Dal Ward Center and starts winning next fall.
Otherwise, Bohn's legacy is going to be tarnished and his own job security should be called into question.
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