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November 28, 2012

He sure knows how to pick ’em


BOULDER, Colo. —

Asked if Bohn is down to his last strike now that he’s whiffed on his first two football hires, DiStefano said, “To be honest with you, I think we all have to get this one right, not so much from the standpoint of having a job or not having a job. We have to get this one right because it’s important for the university. It’s important for our competition in the Pac-12 and so it’s not just that Mike has to get the right person or his job is on the line.

“I think the university has to look at our commitment to being competitive in the Pac-12 and athletically and if that’s where we want to go, we need to go out and get the best coach and I think it’s all of our responsibility.”

DiStefano demurred when asked if he was prepared to re-evaluate Bohn’s own job status at this point. “We do that on a yearly basis and will continue to do that on a yearly basis,” he said.

Bohn, who engineered the school’s relocation from the Big 12 to the Pac-12, a move that brings in more than $20 million in annual TV revenue, fired Embree two years into a five-year deal, meaning Embree is due a $1.65 million buyout, just shy of what Hawkins’ buyout cost.

“Obviously, it’s significant when you have to buy out a head coach,” DiStefano said. “The only silver lining in all this is it’s a one-time thing.”

Bohn said he expects to have to pay the next coach more than the $3.7 million deal Embree received over five years but is confident the administration would step up and pay whatever it takes to get the right man to come to Boulder.

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