Colorado State Football Coach Mike Bobo Turns Down $100,000 Raise

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Colorado State football coach Mike Bobo made the very unusual decision to turn down a scheduled raise.

Bobo said the following when explaining why he turned down the $100,000 raise, according to the Reporter-Herald Monday.

I didn’t think we were very disciplined, I didn’t think we were very accountable to each other, and ultimately, that’s my responsibility. I thought it was a way to show accountability is a two-way street, in my opinion. It’s easy to say it’s this guy’s fault or that guy’s fault, but ultimately, I’m the guy in charge and made a decision, called Joe on the telephone and told him that’s what I wanted to do.

For those who don’t know, the Rams had an atrocious 3-9 season under Bobo, who is from Mark Richt’s coaching tree, in 2018. Still, a coach turning down a raise is insanely rare.

Coaches generally try to stack up as much money as they can as quickly as they can. Not taking an extra $100,000 is something that’s pretty much unheard of. (RELATED: Clemson Beats Alabama For National Title)

I think it’s clear, however, that Bobo is trying to lead by example here; not taking a ton of money after a three-win season is one hell of an example to set. That’s a true football guy.


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It’ll be fascinating to see what happens if the Rams continue to not win games. Bobo is making it known that he’s willing to sacrifice a lot. You’d think that’d by him a long leash, but you simply just never know in the world football.

Things can change rapidly.


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Best of luck to him and the Rams going forward. Trust me, he’s going to wish he had that extra $100,000 if he ends up on the employment line. That much I can promise you.

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