Former CU Athletic Director to Get Payday After Resignation

Mike Bohn will get more than $900,000 and season tickets as part of his separation agreement with the University of Colorado. In return, he promises not to sue the school.
May 2013

Ousted University of Colorado athletic director Mike Bohn will get more than $900,000 under terms of a separation agreement released Wednesday.

In addition to the payment, Bohn receives lifetime season tickets to CU football and men’s and women’s basketball games, according to a report in Boulder’s Daily Camera. As part of the agreement, the 52-year-old former athletic director won’t sue the university.

While Bohn officially resigned earlier this week from the school’s top sports job—with three years remaining on his contract—he has made it clear that CU officials were the ones who wanted him gone. “This is a very disappointing, troubling, and shocking development as we have made so such progress together over the past eight years,” Bohn wrote in an email to athletic department staff that the Denver Post obtained this week. “Regrettably, I am resigning as Athletic Director effective immediately. I believe it is best given the current circumstances. They want to go in a different direction and that is their prerogative.”

As part of his deal with CU, Bohn will receive three payments of $306,000 between this year and 2015. Money used to pay Bohn will come from athletic department revenue and is not tied to taxpayer money or to tuition.

Ceal Barry, the longtime women’s basketball coach, was named as CU’s interim athletic director and will certainly be under consideration to take the job full-time. No one has emerged yet as a leading candidate for the position, though you can expect a drumbeat among some fans for former CU football coach Bill McCartney. Former CU standout—and current Denver Broncos executive—Matt Russell might have interest in the job (or maybe not). And, while we’re talking folks with University of Colorado ties, why not make real waves and interview 31-year-old former CU-star/former National Football League player/Olympian/do-gooder Jeremy Bloom?

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