Bohn Agrees to Terms; Will Be CU's Next AD

Sources confirmed Sunday night that Mike Bohn has agreed to contract terms and will become the next director of athletics at Colorado. He will fly to Boulder Monday and sign the contract.

Bohn was offered the job last week, and San Diego State, where Bohn has been AD since 2003, countered with what a source said was "a lucrative offer." Bohn and CU officials spent most of Saturday and four hours Sunday afternoon coming to terms on his deal, according to the source.

The CU athletic department has been under the guidance of interim AD Jack Lengyel since December. Lengyel replaced Dick Tharp, who was ousted from the job after seven years.

For Bohn, moving to Boulder will be a homecoming. Bohn grew up in Boulder and graduated from Boulder High School in 1979, where he was a three-sport letterman and member of the 1979 BHS state championship basketball team. His mother, Marlyn, lives in Boulder. Bohn earned a football scholarship to Kansas, and played there. Later, he earned a master's degree in sports administration at Ohio University.

His pedigree in athletics administration includes stints at the Air Force Academy (1984-92; associate athletic director of external affairs); College Football Association (1992-95; director of marketing); CSU (1995-98; associate athletic director, fundraising); Idaho 1998-2003 (athletic director) and San Diego State (2003-present; athletic director).

Bohn will inherit a Colorado program that's gone through 14 of the toughest months in school history. The football program was rocked in February 2004 by allegations that it used sex and alcohol to recruit players. While allegations of misconduct flew in the next few months, no charges have ever been brought. Head coach Gary Barnett has maintained throughout that he and his staff run a clean program.

A suit brought by two women who alleged they were raped at an off-campus party they held that was attended by CU football players and recruits was thrown out of court March 31. But the publicity from the lawsuit caused an avalanche of scrutiny on the program, the athletic department and school over the past year. President Elizabeth Hoffman, Chancellor Richard Byyny and Tharp all resigned or left their positions in the so-called scandal's wake.

Meanwhile, falling attendance at CU football games played a part in putting the department into a minor budget crisis. And many critics and fans of the CU athletic department said the department had taken on an attitude of arrogance over the past several years under Tharp.

Under Lengyel's guidance, the department seems to once again be reaching out in an authentic way to its fan base.

Many who have watched Bohn's career think he has the leadership, personality and work ethic that will allow him to continue that trend and help mend what's ailed the department. That includes balancing the budget, increasing attendance and kick-starting a fundraising campaign that had fallen stagnant under Tharp.

Bohn is credited with initiating the Air Force booster club, increasing donations at Idaho and spearheading drives that increased football attendance at both Idaho and SDSU.

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