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Colorado State just gave Mike Bobo a $10M contract. He just gave the Rams more disappointment.

ALBUQUERQUE — Mike Bobo made a bold comment Friday.

When addressing the contract extension he signed earlier in the week — a five-year deal worth at least $10 million — he said that before accepting his first head-coaching job at Colorado State in December 2014, he wouldn’t move his family across the country from Georgia unless the position was somewhere he could picture himself spending the rest of his career. He saw that in Fort Collins.

Whether it was a recruiting play five days before the Dec. 20 early-signing period knowing he has to sell the CSU program harder than usual while his staff has vacancies at offensive and defensive coordinator, or a genuine sentiment, his calm tone screamed commitment to a program in need of it. When Bobo was hired, he was only two coaches and seven years removed from the Sonny Lubick era that spanned 15 seasons, nine bowl berths and six conference championships. A coach who doesn’t stick around is still a difficult concept for the Rams to grasp.

But the news of Bobo’s extension brought only tempered excitement from the CSU faithful and valid curiosity from national media personalities. After all, Bobo is 21-18 in three seasons, and he didn’t do anything to improve perception Saturday with a 31-28 loss to Marshall in the New Mexico Bowl.

Make that three straight 7-6 seasons for Bobo and three straight losses in bowls the Rams were favored in.

Bobo’s inability to win rivalry games (2-7) has been well documented, and whether the opponent is Nevada, Idaho or Marshall he also can’t figure out the postseason puzzle. Two Thundering Herd running backs ran for more than 100 yards Saturday; meanwhile, CSU tallied only 390 yards of total offense.

“You are what your record is,” Bobo said after the game. And that’s the problem.

Say what you will about these so-called participation bowls that frequently see potential first-round NFL draft picks sitting out for fear of injury. For a school such as CSU, the New Mexico Bowl is important. The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl is important. The Arizona Bowl is important. When you’re at a school that will never have an opportunity to participate for a national championship in the present college football structure, ending the season with a victory and trophy can be the difference in whether the year was viewed as a success.

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