Mike Bobo named Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week
Colorado State football head coach Mike Bobo has been named the Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week. Officials from the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation and Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl announced the news Tuesday.
The Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week award honors the football coach whose program embodies the award's three pillars of scholarship, leadership and integrity, while also having success on the playing field during the previous week.
After leading the Rams to an 18 point comeback victory last Saturday, Bobo and the Rams caught the attention of the chairman of the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation, Jim Terry.
"A comeback like this against a Power Five opponent only happens with the right type of coaching and leadership," Terry said in a release. "Coach Bobo is the type of coach who exemplifies the dedication and attitude necessary to lead young men on the field."
It has already been a rollercoaster of emotions for the football program this season. Bobo had to go on medical leave and was away from the team for a full ten days during training camp. Then the Rams were upset at home by Hawai’i and punched in the mouth by Colorado. Down 27-9 in the third quarter against Arkansas in the third game of the season, CSU finally rallied to pick up its first win of the season.
"This is just a great example of leadership in the face of adversity," said Peach Bowl, Inc. CEO & President Gary Stokan. "Coach Bobo led his team to a victory when the odds were stacked against them, all while battling his own health issues. Coach Dodd would have been proud."
In addition to his work on the field, Bobo also is an active contributor to RamStrength, a foundation that supports local cancer survivors by providing financial assistance for basic needs, scholarships, programs and services. RamStrength was created by legendary former CSU head coach Sonny Lubick.
Academically, Bobo helped guide his program to an Academic Progress Rating (APR) score of 970 last season. The Rams represented the fourth-highest score in the Mountain West Conference.