Mike Bobo steps down as Colorado State head coach

Former Georgia quarterback and later offensive coordinator Mike Bobo. BRANT SANDERLIN / AJC file
Former Georgia quarterback and later offensive coordinator Mike Bobo. BRANT SANDERLIN / AJC file



Colorado State announced Wednesday that coach Mike Bobo and the school mutually agreed for him to step aside as the Rams’ football coach.

Bobo is a former Georgia Bulldogs player and assistant coach.

According to a news release distributed by Colorado State, Bobo said he intends to continue coaching.

Bobo was a quarterback at Georgia from 1994-97 and was an assistant coach from 2001-14, leaving to take the job as coach at Colorado State. Bobo was on Georgia’s staff for 14 of coach Mark Richt’s 15 seasons. He was offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach from 2008-14.

Georgia coach Kirby Smart was on the UGA staff in 2005, and before that, he and Bobo were teammates from 1995-97.

In five seasons as head coach of the Rams, Bobo compiled a 28-35 record, including 4-8 this season.

“I would like to thank Mike Bobo for his professionalism, commitment and efforts in leading our football program for the past five seasons,” said Joe Parker, the athletic director at Colorado State, in a prepared statement. “He has devoted an innumerable amount of energy to moving Colorado State football forward and fulfilled his promises to developing our student-athletes in every dimension. Mike is an incredible mentor and truly cares about the holistic growth of young people through the sport of football. I’m grateful for Mike’s contributions to our program and have a deep respect for his personal integrity. We wish Mike well in all his future endeavors. He will always be a Stalwart Ram.”

Bobo took Colorado State to a bowl game in each of his first three seasons, the only coach in school history to accomplish that feat.

“Unfortunately, the results the last couple of seasons have not been what we wanted,” Bobo said in a news release. “I can assure you this was not a reflection of the commitment and hard work that we all put into the program the last five years. Our players and coaches never quit and fought through the final whistle against Boise State. I am so proud of this entire team and staff for their incredible resolve.”