Colorado State Football: Potential Head Coach Hires
With Mike Bobo’s position as CSU head coach up in the air, here are some choices that could replace him.
Who should the Rams hire to replace Bobo?
With the announcement that Mike Bobo is going to be let go as the head coach of Colorado State, here are some potential candidates to replace him. Although athletic director Joe Parker did say he would prefer someone with head coaching experience. this list does include some who haven’t been head coaches but could potentially succeed as a head coach.
ACC: Jay Bateman, Co-Defensive Coordinator, North Carolina
The dream hire would be Brent Venables, the defensive coordinator from Clemson. However that hire would be too much for CSU as Venables has a base salary of $2 million. So next up would be Jay Bateman, the current co-defensive coordinator at North Carolina.
Bateman has come in and improved the defense wherever he has coached at, with Army being his biggest accomplishment. He led Army to a top 10 defense multiple years and he shut out Air Force in 2017 which ended the Falcons’ 306 game scoring streak. He also has head coaching experience, Siena College 2000-03.
Other Options: Dan Enos (Offensive Coordinator, Miami), Phil Longo (Offensive Coordinator, North Carolina)
Big 12: Scottie Hazelton, Defensive Coordinator, Kansas State
This name should sound familiar to Mountain West fans. Hazelton was the defensive coordinator for Nevada (2013) and Wyoming (2017-18). Hazelton has had successful stints at multiple stops in his coaching career. With his main success coming as defensive coordinator for North Dakota State.
Hazelton knows the west and knows the Mountain West so he has a leg up on some other candidates. One knock against Hazelton would be his lack of head coaching experience, but sometimes a shot needs to be taken on a coach if a team wants to change.
Other Options: Alex Grinch (Defensive Coordinator, Oklahoma), Tom Manning (Offensive Coordinator, Iowa State), Sean Gleeson (Offensive Coordinator, Oklahoma State)
Big Ten: Kalen DeBoer, Offensive Coordinator, Indiana
Another name with a Mountain West past. DeBoer was the offensive coordinator at Fresno State for two years (2017-18) and his offense’s have improved at each of his stops. His stop at Eastern Michigan saw them go from 18.8 ppg in 2013 to 29.6 ppg in 2016.
His time at Fresno State saw them averaging 34.6 ppg by the end of his tenure. DeBoer does have head coaching experience at NAIA Sioux Falls. You can knock him for coaching at that level, but you can’t deny his success. DeBoer was 67-3 during his tenure at Sioux Falls, with three NAIA National Championships.
Other Options: Josh Gattis (Offensive Coordinator, Michigan), Greg Mattison (Co-Defensive Coordinator, Ohio State), Tony Alford (Assistant Head Coach, Ohio State)