Mike Bobo declines raise, increase following his team’s poor performance.
Colorado State football coach Mike Bobo passed on a pay increase following his team’s poor performance in 2018.
Bobo was slated to receive a $100,000 raise but called athletic director Joe Parker a couple of days after the 3-9 season concluded and requested that he not be given the money.
So last week, Bobo signed an amended contract that left his 2018 salary at $1.8 million.
“This is an administration that stood behind me, and I felt like we didn’t live up to our end of the deal,” Bobo told ESPN. “I wanted to make a statement to our players that we’re in this together and you’ve got to be accountable, starting with me.”
Parker was stunned to receive the call but Bobo insisted that the school keep the cash.
“He said, ‘Are you sure?'” Bobo said. “I told him it was something I wanted to do. It’s how I was raised. I didn’t need to think about it. It’s what I wanted to do.”
Parker relented but remains surprised at Bobo’s gesture.
“That’s not typical. That doesn’t usually happen,” Parker told the Loveland Reporter-Herald in Colorado. “Again, that just makes me realize we have a pretty special person who recognizes his own personal accountability and doesn’t feel good about what occurred this season, and is pointing all of his efforts into 2019.”
Bobo is 24-27 in four seasons with the Rams. He has guided Colorado State to three bowl appearances.
The 44-year-old has been dealing with a health challenge that caused him to be hospitalized during preseason camp last August. Bobo suffers from peripheral neuropathy, which causes numbness in his feet and made it hard for him to walk on the sideline this past season.
Rehab treatments have allowed him to regain some feeling in his feet and his next focus will be to improve the team’s record in 2019.
He hopes he set the tone by declining the pay raise.
“It’s easy to point fingers at your players and say, ‘You didn’t do this right and didn’t do that right,'” Bobo said. “I wanted to say that I’m a part of it as much as anybody, and I want to get it right.”