Colorado AD: Players will be key to search, more resources coming to football
Posted by: Josh Kendall on November 27, 2012
As Colorado athletic director Mike Bohn works to find the Buffaloes' next football coach, he will work closely with the players to find the right fit, he said.
"I told the team last night, and I have never told a team in a transition this, that I want them to be a part of the process," Bohn said. "That's something that will be key for me to pull together. My respect for our student-athletes is at the highest, and my heart goes out to them."
There are plenty of other factors at work too, Bohn said. Colorado fired Jon Embree after he posted a 4-21 record in two seasons.
"When we are looking for the next head coach, they have to understand the commitment to the university mission and the vision of where we are trying to go," Bohn said. "We want a head coach and a football program that matches the academic standing of this institution, which is high. You talk about leadership and organization skills. It starts with leadership from the coach, and the ability to come in with a vision and the enterprise that has the ability to put that together."
From the university's side, it will work to find ways to pay its next coach more and give the coach more resources to compete in the Pac-12, Bohn said.
"We were exposed in this league," Bohn said. "Did we give Jon a big enough shovel? We tried to provide additional enhancements to add to that shovel but, is it enough? The answer is no. That's the challenge we have."
Colorado's next coach will get more time to turn the program around if he has the right plan, Bohn said.
"Clearly when you have the right leader and you have the ability to put that long-term plan in place then they gain extra time in pulling that together," he said. "Coaches understand the challenges of this business."
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