Craig Bohl is in Frisco, Texas, today for the FCS title game press conference with Sam Houston State head coach Willie Fritz. Now that it appears all available FBS jobs are filled, the question is: was Bohl ever in the discussion anywhere?
The answer is obviously yes. You don’t go 27-2 over a two-year period, be the FCS Coach of the Year and not be part of some talk with athletic directors. This last month only reaffirmed that going from an FCS position to a BCS school is just not part of the modus operandi of the big conference schools. Again, the last FCS coach to get a high quality position was Youngstown State’s Jim Tressel to Ohio State a few moons ago.
The last month also reaffirms that Bohl is not real interested in the MAC because if he were, Western Michigan had something going for it. It was suspicious that Western went just over a month before hiring a coach, fueling the thought the school was waiting for NDSU’s season to end. In the end, WMU got a 32-year-old NFL assistant it could have had three weeks ago.
If Bohl was keenly interested in getting a top BCS position, going to Western Michigan would have made sense in that it is a program that is capable of winning quick, apparently has some talented players returning including a quarterback and the pay is a hike at around $400,000. The theory is go there, win like Northern Illinois’ Dave Doeren, and next thing you know, you’re making a couple million leading a BCS school. At 54 years old, perhaps Bohl isn’t interested in the stepping stone approach anymore.
The Wisconsin opening was interesting in that the Badgers have an athletic director in Barry Alvarez whose last coach won with a hard-nosed physical approach to football in the same manner as NDSU. You would have to believe Alvarez knew all about Bohl’s success and Nebraska background. The Badgers won with Wisconsin high school kids, a state NDSU recruits well. There is no doubt in my mind that assistant coach Tim Polasek and his cheese head roots would sign 95 percent of the in-state players he wanted. There is no doubt in my mind Craig would win at Wisconsin with the same NDSU West Coast style and the same Tampa 2 defense. But the politics of selling BCS boosters to an FCS coach must be too much in that hiring game.
About the only way of really finding out the entire story of Bohl and FBS jobs is obvious: the next time the head coach makes an appearance on the BIson Media video blog, we’ll have Big E take the head coach to the verbal house.