Bohl to finish season at North Dakota State

Updated: December 8, 2013

Fargo, ND ( – Head coach Craig Bohl will finish the season at
two-time reigning FCS champion North Dakota State before departing for his new
duties leading the University of Wyoming program.

Wyoming prepared to introduce Bohl as its new head coach at a news conference
Sunday night just hours after North Dakota State athletic director Gene Taylor
said the 11th-year Bison coach and his assistants would finish leading the
team’s playoff run.

The Bison beat Furman in the second round this weekend and will host Coastal
Carolina in the national quarterfinals on Saturday. They are seeking to become
the second program to win three straight FCS national titles, following
Appalachian State from 2005-07.

“We have decided that Coach Bohl is going to coach the rest of the season,”
Taylor said. “My personal feelings felt it was best for continuity at this
point in time – let the coordinators coordinate and focus on game preparation
and game planning.

“Certainly after meeting with the team, a lot of emotion in the room as you can
imagine, but (we) had a lot of good discussion.”

Taylor added team captains were consulted about the current coaching staff
finishing the season. If Bohl wasn’t going to remain in charge for the rest of
the playoffs, it’s questionable who would have considering
reported Bohl has offered positions at Wyoming to five of his NDSU assistants,
offensive coordinator Brent Vigen, defensive coordinator Chris Klieman,
recruiting coordinator/receivers coach Kenni Burns, linebackers coach Steve
Stanard and offensive line coach Scott Fuchs.

Bohl, who is 101-32 at North Dakota State, including 12-0 this season, said
Sunday morning on his regular coach’s show on KFGO 790 AM in Fargo that it was
time for somebody else to lead the Bison program.

“There is no perfect time (to announce his departure),” Bohl said, “but I can
tell you the No. 1 goal is the 2013 Bison, for us to take this football team as
far as we can go. There may be all kinds of emotions and I certainly have tons
of emotions in my heart, but this is about this collective team.”

At Wyoming, Bohl is replacing Dave Christensen, who was fired after five
seasons and a 27-34 record.

He reportedly made around $350,000, including bonuses, last year, and his
hiring at Wyoming could raise him to upwards of four times that level.

Taylor said Bohl informed him after the 38-7 playoff win over Furman that he
had accepted the Wyoming job. Considering Bohl’s success at NDSU, Taylor said
he knew this day was coming for the Bison program.

“In regards to the future and the timeline of the replacement for Coach Bohl,
I’m still working through that a little bit,” Taylor said. “I’m going to spend
the next few days talking to our folks on campus, talking about the processes
that I’d have to go through.”

Bohl was the 2012 Eddie Robinson Award winner as the FCS coach of the year.
This season, he was named the Missouri Valley Football Conference coach of the
year for the third straight year.