BOULDER, Colo. -- Though it's not official, San Diego State
athletic director Mike Bohn spoke Monday as if he will become the
next athletic director at the University of Colorado in a hastily
called news conference before he was to fly out here to meet with
"There is no other program in America expect my hometown that I
would leave for," Bohn said in San Diego. "As I told my
administrative staff today, I wish I could take the entire group
with me because I believe the team here is awesome."
CU athletic department spokesman Dave Plati, said there has not
been an announcement.
Bohn, 44, grew up in Boulder, and his mother, Marlyn, lives in
town. The Daily Camera reported Bohn was expected to be named CU's
new athletic director, replacing Dick Tharp who resigned in
In 18 months at San Diego State and five years at the University
of Idaho, Bohn dramatically increased football attendance and fund
raising at both schools.
When he was hired at San Diego State, the school was going
through an NCAA investigation and a state audit of the athletic
The CU athletic department meanwhile faces a $3 million revenue
shortfall this year and has been looking to boost attendance for
football and basketball games.
CU's football program has undergone scrutiny following
allegations that sex and alcohol were made available to recruits,
and Tharp, Chancellor Richard Byyny and President Elizabeth Hoffman
have announced their resignations in the last year.