Mike Bobo's status for Saturday remains unclear, coordinators have discussed contingency plan
Colorado State football hosts Hawai'i this Saturday but the Rams are still unsure if they will have head coach Mike Bobo on the sidelines or not.
The fourth-year head coach announced last week that he is currently receiving treatment for peripheral neuropathy, but with less than one week until gameday, Bobo is still hospitalized and is now receiving treatment in Denver according to Athletic Director Joe Parker.
"Obviously there are a few unknowns at the moment with coach Bobo's status," Parker said. "He is still hospitalized, so he has been in for a little over one week. I think this is his ninth day in the hospital. They are still working through diagnostics at the moment. We are encouraged by what the medical that has been helping him through this is learning and encouraged too, that we are going to arrive at a diagnosis where they can arrive at a firm treatment."
Parker explained that there is an expectation that Bobo could return to the team any day and that Bobo is the still the singular leader of this football team, but with the possibility of Bobo not being on the sidelines Saturday, the program has begun discussing the proper course of action. Right now, CSU football will continue to operate with the current staff resources that are in place, which includes offensive coordinator Dave Johnson and defensive coordinator John Jancek. Both of which are extremely experienced football coaches, but are also both in their first year with the program.
Both of the first-year coordinators addressed the media Monday and explained that the team is prepared to move forward with the plans that Bobo has already implemented. The team released the first depth chart over the weekend, so the Rams already know who will be in what role against the Rainbow Warriors; and now they have an opportunity to refine the game-plan and work on schemes.
"We will put some some finishing touches on here with the game-plan, but right now we are pretty settled," Johnson said.
According to Johnson, the coaches have talked about multiple options for Saturday if Bobo is unable to to fulfil his regular duties, which includes calling the offensive plays. It is still too premature to say definitively what the coaching staff will do at this point though. If it comes to a point where it looks like Bobo will miss Saturday's game, the coaches will determine which guys will be on the field and who will be calling the plays later this week.
Both Jancek and Johnson said that they have been in constant contact with Bobo over the last nine days and that he is still very much watching film and providing input daily.
"We certainly all miss coach Bobo and want him to get back. I think he is going to be in great shape and we have been in constant communication," Jancek said. "We just want him back. He is a great leader. He is someone that we trust. As a staff, we are looking for him to get back real soon."
CSU hosts Hawai'i in the home opener on Saturday. Kickoff is currently slated for 5:30 p.m. MT and the game is televised on CBS Sports Network.