BOBO DRIVEN TO SUCCEED

BOBO DRIVEN TO SUCCEED

BY TONY PHIFER

IT DIDN’T TAKE LONG for Colorado State University football players to learn something very important about their new coach, Mike Bobo: Not one of them is more competitive than Bobo, and no one is more determined to make the program successful than he is.

“I like pressure; I like the feel of it,” Bobo said. “And I hate to lose more than I like to win.”

That competitive nature has driven Bobo for as long as he can remember. Just ask his wife, Lainie, or any of his five children. He never, ever, lets them win a competition just to be a nice guy.

“You name any game – ping-pong, corn hole, board games – and he’s out to beat you,” Lainie said, noting that she’s just as competitive as her husband of 14 years. “Even now, when he’s out shooting baskets with the kids, he makes sure they earn it when they win. I wouldn’t want him any other way. If he let me win I would call him out.”

CSU President Tony Frank, who selected Bobo from a talented pool of candidates to replace Jim McElwain as the Rams’ head football coach, said competitive fire is one of the qualities that most impressed him.

“I am extremely confident that in Mike Bobo we have found the exact right person to be our coach,” Frank said. “I’m confident he will give all Ram fans lots of great memories. We’re looking forward to Mike and his staff writing the next chapter in CSU football history.”

Bobo comes to CSU from Georgia, where he spent the past 14 years helping the Bulldogs become one of the most successful programs in the country. Prior to that he was a starting quarterback for Georgia, and still holds several school passing and total offense records.

At CSU he inherits a team coming off its best season in more than a decade. The Rams went 10-3, cracked the Top 25 for the first time in 13 seasons and played in their second consecutive bowl game.

Bobo’s convinced the Rams can be even better in the future and expects nothing less than excellence from his players – and himself.

“I want to be in position every year to win a conference championship – and that’s hard,” he said. “As players and coaches, we’ll be asking ourselves every day, ‘What am I willing to give up to make sure this team is successful?’ If we do that, we will succeed.”

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