After hearing throughout the weekend that the Colorado State Rams were interviewing a number of candidates for their head coaching position, including Mike Bobo, Oregon offensive coordinator Scott Frost, and Mississippi State offensive coordinator Billy Gonzales, among others, the reports in the Twitterverse were that CSU planned to finalize the hire on Monday. (UPDATE: They have.)
Scott Frost was considered by many to be the early front-runner for the job, but the CSU administration appears to have settled on our own Mike Bobo as their new head coach. News outlets citing "sources" have said they've "confirmed" that Bobo has taken the job. Of course, we're going to wait until it's confirmed by UGA before posting the news as "confirmed," but various players, including David Andrews and Brice Ramsey, have sent these relevant tweets:
Wish all the best for coach Bobo. He taught me so much over my 4 yrs & it was an honor to be able to play for him. Hell be a damn good HC— David Andrews (@dandrews61) December 22, 2014
Well....— Brice Ramsey (@RamseyQB12) December 22, 2014
So, it looks like Bobo is now gone, as a very vocal portion of the Bulldog fanbase have intermittently wished for since he was made the offensive coordinator in 2006. Whether those naysayers will be proven correct or not in the future is really irrelevant at this point, and we at Dawg Sports wish Coach Bobo the best of luck and great success in the future, but especially on the yet-unannounced date sometime between 2017 and 2020 when his Rams head to Gainesville, FL, to play the Florida Gators in the Swamp (which was a condition of the Jim McElwain hire).
We'll have speculation as to who the new OC might be in the near future. Until then...
UPDATE: Sports Illustrated is reporting that Bobo's contract with the Rams will be 5 years for an average of $1.5 million per year.
UPDATE 2: Colorado State just sent out this tweet, so it's now a done deal.
Welcome to the Ram Family, Coach Bobo! #CSURams @CSUFootball @CSUAthletics pic.twitter.com/1g2cbaKZLr— Colorado State Univ (@ColoradoStateU) December 23, 2014