It’s safe to say that Colorado State approves of the job Mike Bobo is doing as the school’s coach.
On Thursday, the school announced that it had given Bobo a three-year contract extension, as well as a raise from $1.65 million this year to $1.8 million next year. In each subsquent year of the contract that Bobo stays at Colorado State, the salary will rise by $100,000. Bobo’s original contract was a 5-year deal. Bobo’s new contract runs through 2022.
The new contract now makes Bobo the highest paid coach in the Mountain West.
“Mike Bobo has developed a strong foundation for our football program,” Colorado State athletic director Joe Parker said in a statement. “His leadership and focus on creating an environment where young people can grow in their academic and athletic pursuits is the essence of intercollegiate athletics. We have shared championship aspirations for our program and continuity is an extremely important element to chartering the path toward achieving those aspirations.”
The Rams have been to a bowl game in each of Bobo’s three seasons at the helm, and will play in the New Mexico Bowl on Saturday. The Rams had another strong year on the offensive side of the ball, as they finished ranked 10th in the country in total offense.
Bobo last coached at Georgia in the 2014 season, when the Bulldogs averaged 41.3 points per game, a mark Georgia has not matched since Bobo left for the Colorado State job. Bobo was replaced by Brian Schottenheimer. After Georgia parted ways with Mark Richt following the 2015 season, Kirby Smart hired Jim Chaney to be the offensive coordinator. This year with freshman Jake Fromm at the helm, Georgia saw it’s offense jump from 24.9 points per game to 34.9.
Georgia will take on Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1 as part of the College Football Playoff.