Head coach of Colorado State’s football program Mike Bobo refused his contracted pay raise of $100,000 because he felt his team’s results didn’t warrant the increased salary.

Bobo’s Rams team finished with a 3-9 record. It was the worst record of his four-year coaching stint at the school, and came at the end of a tumultuous year for the coach.

Bobo was hospitalized with nerve condition peripheral neuropathy in August and finished the year with the team’s worst win-loss record since 2011.

As a result, Bobo refused to accept the $100,000 increase in salary for 2019 as stipulated in his contract.

“A lot of times you want to point fingers at why you weren’t successful. I’m the head coach. For it to be a two-way street and be effective with our players I want to take accountability. It was just something that was on my heart and being the head coach I wanted to take personal accountability for the 2018 season.”

The coach’s contract stipulates that his salary increases by $100,000 each year he’s coaching at Colorado State.

Bobo said he felt the need to show accountability for his team’s poor season in 2018, and opted to turn down this year’s increase.

Bobo’s decision means he will remain on the same $1.8 million salary he earned in 2018, though it is reported that his contract will still increase to $2 million in 2020.

He’ll live, but seriously, an unheard of move. 


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