When I included Craig Bohl on my hot coaching names to watch earlier this season, I wondered if this might finally be the year he would bolt his ultra-successful run at North Dakota State for the FBS ranks.
It looks like that’s what is going to happen, as CBSSports.com’s Bruce Feldman reported that Bohl would take the job at Wyoming. An announcement will come late Sunday.
Bohl is 101-32 in his career with the Bison and his teams have lost two games since their first FCS title season in 2011. The Bison have won two straight FCS championships and are seeking a third straight right now, having beaten Furman Saturday night. They’ll face Coastal Carolina in the quarterfinals next weekend.
It’s hard to calculate the impact that the announcement will have on the Bison. Will it serve to deflate his team? Will the Bison just let Bohl leave and install an interim coach in the middle of a playoff run? It’s one thing to grab a head coach before a bowl game. It’s another to grab one during the playoffs.
As of Saturday night the players were expressing their disbelief on Twitter. Bohl and NDSU athletic director Gene Taylor were not returning calls. Wyoming won’t make a formal announcement until 6 p.m. local in Laramie. Before that, there was a players’ meeting at 9 a.m. at NDSU.
The Fargo newspaper did include this tidbit in their story Sunday morning:
Bohl has a contract with NDSU through 2016 with a two-year rollover. It stipulates he would owe NDSU a $100,000 buyout if he takes another NCAA head coaching position. In a Forum story in late September, Taylor said, “I don’t see coach looking at any opportunities, I really don’t. I feel the reason he wanted to (sign an extension) so he didn’t have to worry about that stuff.”
It appears Taylor may have underestimated the lure of a FBS job and a salary three times what Bohl was making in Fargo. A $100,000 buyout is chump change when you’ll make a reported $1.2 million per year.
If Feldman’s report is accurate, and Feldman usually isn’t wrong, Bohl is moving to the Mountain West.
We stay at nine head coaching openings in FBS. I would expect more hirings and firings this coming week as the conference championship games were played last night.
2014 FBS COACHING CAROUSEL
|Boise State||Chris Petersen||Bob Gregory (interim)|
|Connecticut||Paul Pasqualoni||T.J. Weist (interim)|
|Eastern Michigan||Ron English||Stan Parrish (interim)|
|Florida Atlantic||Carl Pelini||Brian Wright (interim)|
|Miami (OH)||Don Treadwell||Mike Bath (interim)|
|USC||Lane Kiffin||Steve Sarkisian|
|Wake Forest||Jim Grobe||TBA|
|Washington||Steve Sarkisian||Chris Petersen|
|Wyoming||Dave Christensen||Craig Bohl|