Colorado State closing in on deal to hire Mike Bobo as football coach |

Colorado State closing in on deal to hire Mike Bobo as football coach

Georgia Bulldogs offensive coordinator Mike Bobo runs a drill during an NCAA college football practice at the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga., on Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Daniel Shirey)
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FORT COLLINS — After final interviews on Sunday that included school president Tony Frank, Colorado State Monday was closing in on a deal to name Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo as the Rams’ head football coach, according to a source close to the situation.

Bobo, 40, would succeed Jim McElwain, who accepted the job at Florida after guiding the Rams to a 10-2 regular-season record in his third season at CSU.

The hire of Bobo at least on the surface would be going back to a repeat formula — tapping a Southeastern Conference offensive coordinator — as CSU attempts to build on the Rams’ surprising season and move toward finalization of plans for construction of an on-campus stadium to open in 2017.

McElwain was 49 and had spent four seasons as offensive coordinator at Alabama when he took the CSU job. He was well-traveled, though, spending 15 seasons as an assistant in the Big Sky Conference before moving up the collegiate coaching ladder at Louisville, Michigan State and Fresno State, and then landing on Nick Saban’s staff at Alabama.

Bobo, a Georgia quarterback from 1994-97, has spent all but one season of his coaching career at his alma mater. He was a graduate assistant for two years and was on the Jacksonville State staff for the 2000 season before returning to Georgia as quarterbacks coach under Mark Richt. He was promoted to offensive coordinator in 2007.

Bobo is from Augusta, Georgia, and was the state’s high school player of the year in 1993 at Thomasville High.

If he and CSU reach an agreement Monday, it’s expected that he will officially be introduced at a Tuesday news conference.

Although Oregon offensive coordinator Scott Frost was contacted about the job and since November has been mentioned as a possible candidate to succeed McElwain if he left, it has been clear for weeks that Frost — the hottest of the “hot” young head-coaching prospects — was unlikely to be sold on coming to CSU.

Offensive coordinator Dave Baldwin was interim head coach following McElwain’s departure, and the Rams fell 45-10 to Utah Saturday in the Las Vegas Bowl.

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