Mike Bobo returns to CSU football: "I really can't put into words how excited I am to be back"

Colorado State football received good news last night when head coach Mike Bobo was released from the hospital. After being away from the program for 10 days, the fourth-year head coach returned to Fort Collins Tuesday night and led his team in practice Wednesday afternoon. 

"I really can't put into words how excited I am to be back," Bobo said. "You work really at the start of the year in January-working to get ready for the season-and for something like this to happen, it is not ideal."

Bobo explained that after 10 days of testing between two different hospitals, he was discharged with a treatment plan Tuesday evening. Bobo originally was diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy, as announced by Bobo through through a school spokesperson.

"I feel good about the plan that I am on," Bobo said. "Last night I got back at about 7:30 and came into the office until about 9:30 p.m. I was in this morning at 6:30 a.m. I am back as head coach. I really want to commend this football team and our coaching staff for the work that they have done over the last 10 days."

Bobo explained that in a team meeting today, he informed the coaches and players that their ability to step up while he was away ultimately gave him more confidence in the team and what they are capable of accomplishing. He kept in contact with everyone while he was in the hospital and used a laptop to review film every night. 

"I was able to watch practice (and) was in constant contact with the staff about practice and about game-plan adjustments that we are talking about," Bobo said. "Offensively and defensively, I feel good about where we're at... I am excited to be back and I am excited to play a good Hawaii team."

Although Bobo is technically back and will be head coach during Saturday's matchup between the Rams and Rainbow Warriors, he will likely be in the coaches box up above, instead of being down on the field like he usually is, primarily due to a lack of mobility.

According to Bobo, he has not yet decided whether he will call the plays or not. When the team held its final scrimmage on Aug. 11, he had tight ends coach Joe Cox and assistant head coach/QB coach Ronnie Letson call the plays. 

Whether Bobo calls the plays or not though, it is evident that his presence means a great deal to the players, and having him back allows them to focus solely on football. 

"It was great having him back," senior linebacker Josh Watson said. "Just seeing him out there bringing the energy and being able to walk around and coach guys up. It seemed like he did not miss a single day."

"It's awesome to have him back," senior quarterback K.J. Carta-Samuels added. "He came into our team room and got a little sentimental with us. You could just feel how the room got a little bit heavy. We all missed our leader. He's our leader and he's the guy that makes everything tick around here."

PHOTO: Javon Harris | Rocky Mountain Collegian