FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota State head football coach Craig Bohl will continue to guide the team though the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs even though he has taken the job at Wyoming, the school's athletic director said Sunday.
Gene Taylor said Bohl told him he accepted the Wyoming offer after Saturday's 38-7 victory over Furman in a second-round game at the Fargodome. Taylor said he did not know how many assistant coaches Bohl planned to take with him.
"Quite frankly, guys, I knew this day was coming," Taylor said. "I know a lot of people are questioning the timing of it. There's never a good time. But when you look at obviously the dollars that they are going to commit to him and his assistant coaches, whoever those may be ... It's a step up."
Taylor said he made no effort to keep Bohl "with those kinds of dollars" he's getting at Wyoming.
Taylor said the players support the decision for Bohl to finish the season with NDSU. He said Wyoming has no problem with Bohl sticking around, which raised the question about why the Cowboys didn't wait with their announcement.
"Obviously they needed to get the name in place and get somebody hired," Taylor said. "I don't know why they didn't wait, but the way coaching searches go, they wanted to know if Craig was in or out I'm sure; if not, they probably needed to move on to the next candidate."
Bohl has not been available for comment, but said Sunday morning on his weekly coach's show on KXJB-TV that he feels 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 FCS winners.
Wyoming has scheduled a news conference at 7 p.m. EST Sunday "to make a major announcement."
Bohl 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."