AD who got Colorado football into Pac-12 pitched for Colorado State

University of Colorado Announces Move to the PAC-10 Conference
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The Morning Drive co-host Eric Goodman endorsed Mike Bohn -- best-known for being CU's athletic director for what turned out to be a negative Pac-12 stint for Colorado football but a decent one for the Buffs' basketball teams -- for Colorado State's opening in a lengthy post on X.

"Colorado State should hire Mike Bohn to be their new A.D.," Goodman wrote. "He's raised money for new facilities for CU football & moved them to PAC 12. He raised money for new facilities at Cincinnati, hired Luke Fickell to make Bearcats a football power in his time there and moved them to Big 12. He hired Lincoln Riley away from Oklahoma and moved USC to Big 10.

(CSU) wants out of (the) Mountain West, no one is more qualified that Bohn who is one of the top power brokers in college football, everyone will answer his phone call, and he's more than familiar working in the NIL world when he was with USC. He's from Colorado and has family in Colorado. He's 64, and unlike other candidates who will use CSU as a stepping stone, Bohn has been to the top at USC and this would likely be his last job. He's also out of work. Is he perfect--no one is, but I think this is a pretty good case for, at least, an interview."

Bohn certainly didn't oversee USC football's golden era, but the basketball program made major strides under Andy Anfield; the 2023-24 season notwithstanding.

Mike Bohn was CU AD during Colorado football program's downfall

Colorado football has made a major comeback under Coach Prime when it comes to notoriety and recruiting momentum, but even still, the stench of a now-two decades long malaise couldn't be overcome. The Buffs still went 4-8 under Coach Prime in year one, with things crashing to earth after the calendar turned to Fall.

Bohn, despite being a perfect fit for CSU, does have a complicated history in Boulder due to the fall of the football program under his watch. It's certainly not all his fault by any stretch, but Dan Hawkins and Jon Embree were serious misfire hires.