FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota State head football coach Craig Bohl says he’s taken the program as far as he can and it’s time for someone else to take over the helm of the two-time Football Championship Subdivision winners.
Bohl is expected to be hired as the next coach at Wyoming. The school has scheduled a news conference at 7 p.m. EST Sunday “to make a major announcement.”
Bohl appeared Sunday morning on his weekly coach’s show on KXJB-TV. He said he planned to travel to Laramie, Wyo., on Sunday and added “there is no perfect time” for a coaching change.
“They’re not easy times,” Bohl said. “North Dakota State is very, very special place in my heart. There’s been 11 years that I invested here.”
Bohl has a 101-32 record with the Bison, including a 10-1 mark in the FCS playoffs and 9-3 showing against Football Bowl Subdivision teams. The Bison knocked off Kansas State this season in what many considered the landmark regular-season victory since the school moved up from NCAA Division II to Division I athletics.
Although Bohl said he planned to return to Fargo on Monday, it’s not clear whether Bohl will continue to coach NDSU in the FCS playoffs. The Bison defeated Furman 38-7 Saturday in a second-round game.
Bison athletic director Gene Taylor did not return phone messages. School officials say he planned to address the media Sunday afternoon.
A native of Lincoln, Neb., Bohl was a reserve in the Cornhuskers secondary from 1977 through 1979 under Tom Osborne and played on the 1979 Orange Bowl and 1980 Cotton Bowl teams. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Nebraska.
Bohl’s first full-time coaching position was as the defensive secondary coach for the Bison in 1984, when NDSU finished second in NCAA Division II ranks with a 12-1 record. Bohl went on to coach at the Division I level for 18 seasons, including stops at five different universities. Before he took over the head coaching job at NDSU, he worked at Nebraska for eight years, the last three as defensive coordinator.
Last season Bohl received the Eddie Robinson Award as the FCS coach of the year.
Bohl, the winningest football coach in NDSU history, said fans should trust Taylor’s leadership of the school’s athletic program.
“Head coaches can come and go, but this institution and the program here stays,” he said on his Sunday show. “NDSU is not about one person.”