Colorado athletic director Mike Bohn has been through two football coaching searches in the past seven years. He's used to the frenzied hunt for information about who the school is considering and interviewing.
But he hasn't seen anything like this before.
The popularity of Twitter along with growth in fan sites and blogs has led to an explosion of erroneous information and speculation regarding whom the school might hire to succeed former coach Jon Embree, who was fired Sunday after two dreadful seasons.
Bohn said earlier this week he has a favorite in mind and that man is a current head coach at a school in a Bowl Championship Series conference.
Of course, Bohn won't hire a coach completely on his own. CU has not announced the makeup of its search committee yet, but that could come as soon as today.
If he is unable to hire his frontrunner, it is believed he will turn to a list of possibilities such as Utah State coach Gary Andersen, Brigham Young coach Bronco Mendenhall, Fresno State coach Tim DeRuyter, San Jose State coach Mike McIntyre and other candidates the committee might view as viable.
Bohn debunked one bogus rumor Thursday morning when he told the Camera that a report saying CU had serious interest in former Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino was false. Petrino was fired from Arkansas earlier this year after it was discovered he was having an affair with a staffer and he lied about it to his bosses.
"That's absolutely not true," Bohn said of the report. "We're not hiring Bobby Petrino. You can quote me."
Bohn and his bosses, Chancellor Phil DiStefano and President Bruce Benson, have made it clear they are not interested in hiring a coach with a history of scandal or serious NCAA rules violations. They're looking for someone with college head coaching experience and a reputation for integrity.
Later in the day, former Kansas coach Mark Mangino issued a statement on his Twitter account asking that his name be removed from consideration for the Colorado job. Mangino had been rumored to be a candidate with several otherwise reputable media organizations reporting he had met with the school about the position.
However, CU sources say Mangino was never considered at all. Mangino was ousted at Kansas in 2009 after players accused him of mistreatment.
Bohn said late Thursday that he simply can't respond to every false report related to the CU job search, which is entering its fifth day. He said he is troubled by the volume of misinformation.
"Coaches and their representatives insert themselves as prospects and often misrepresent activity, interest or viability, which is unfortunate," Bohn said in the statement. "We're very pleased with our progress and professionalism and network being utilized in association with our search. We're continuing to make progress."
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