Bohn talks of job before flying to Colorado
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 school officials.
"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 November.
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 department.
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.
Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press
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