Colorado State football fans have seen it coming for weeks, and now it appears the day has truly arrived.
First reported by Football Scoop, CSU has terminated fifth-year head coach Mike Bobo while the athletic department plans to announce his termination at some point on Wednesday officially.
Following the conclusion of the Rams’ season-ending defeat against Boise State last Friday, Football Scooped published an initial account confirming that director of athletics Joe Parker intended to make a change at head coach.
Marking CSU’s second consecutive under-.500 campaign, the Rams dropped their final three games this year to finish the season at 4-8 overall.
After finishing 7-6 and reaching a bowl game in each of Bobo’s first three seasons from 2015-2017, the wheels began falling off as CSU stumbled to a 3-9 record in 2018.
If this indeed is the end for the former Georgia offensive coordinator, he departs Fort Collins with a 28-35 (20-20) win-loss total while the Rams posted a 2-13 mark in pivotal rivalries –– Colorado, Wyoming, Air Force –– under Bobo.
Though pertinent details surrounding the supposed “firing” have yet to surface, the timing of the situation raises questions considering the coach’s contract specifies a buyout of $5.5 million if he is relieved of his duties in 2019. Waiting until 2020 to terminate Bobo would decrease the buyout to $3 million.
Later on Wednesday afternoon, CSU athletics issued a press release stating that the program and Bobo “have mutually agreed to a separation arrangement” allowing the Rams “to seek a new leader.”
“I leave Colorado State grateful for the opportunity,” Bobo said in the release. “It was a pleasure to work for Joe Parker, a true professional. Lainie, my entire family and I will always cherish the time we spent and relationships formed here at Colorado State and in Ft. Collins. We leave a solid foundation here and I truly believe there are great things ahead for the Rams.”
With a search for CSU’s next head coach “already underway,” Parker expressed his gratitude regarding Bobo’s efforts over the past half-decade.
“I would like to thank Mike Bobo for his professionalism, commitment and efforts in leading our football program for the past five seasons,” Parker said in the release. “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.”