In a stunning move, thanks to its timing more than anything, Colorado dismissed athletic director Mike Bohn on Tuesday. Bohn was hired to run the Buffs' athletics department on April 13, 2005, an eight-year run that will officially end on June 3.
"I am floored," Bohn texted Denver sportscaster Vic Lombardi.
Bohn, a Boulder, Colo., native, signed a five-year extension in 2011 that kept him under contract through June 30, 2016. Bohn helped Colorado secure a spot in the Pac-12 Conference in 2010 and co-authored a plan to provide $170 million in football facilities upgrades in February.
"Mike Bohn led CU-Boulder athletics in a time of great transition and change," said CU chancellor Phil DiStefano in the school's official statement. "We are grateful to him for his vision, passion and commitment, and for his key role in revitalizing men's and women's basketball, helping us to join the Pac-12 Conference, and in taking important steps to upgrade athletic facilities at CU-Boulder. We wish him well."
Though many facets of the Buffs' athletics department thrived under Bohn's direction, the Colorado football program was in shambles for the duration of his tenure. Bohn fired head coach Gary Barnett in his first year on the job after the Buffaloes' 2005 regular season ended with a three-game losing streak, punctuated with a 70-3 thrashing to Texas in the Big 12 title game. As bad as things seemed at the time, the 2005 season proved to be the high point of Colorado football under Bohn.
Barnett was replaced by then-Boise State head coach Dan Hawkins, who led the Buffaloes to a 19-39 record and one bowl appearance in five seasons at the helm. Hawkins was succeeded by Jon Embree, a former Buffalo who had no experience as a head coach or a coordinator prior to landing Colorado head coaching gig, who led Colorado to a 4-21 record before being let go after two seasons.
Bohn then made his third head coaching hire in eight years on Dec. 10, 2012, plucking Mike MacIntyre away from San Jose State, but leaves just under six months after welcoming MacIntyre to Boulder. MacIntyre is now tasked with turning around a program that ranked 109th or worse in 10 NCAA-tracked categories last season without the backing of the man who hired him.