Craig Bohl and his wife, Leia, are covering scholarship costs for Wyoming senior student-athletes who hope to return to Laramie after having their 2020 seasons cut short by the COVID-19 outbreak.
The university announced that the Bohls have made a $100,000 gift to the Wyoming athletic department, which will help cover the estimated $70,000 in scholarship costs for those seniors who have indicated they would like to return in 2021. The remaining $30,000 will be used to support the Cowboys' training table.
"Coach knew how bad I wanted to fund those senior scholarships, but in our current financial situation I couldn't," Wyoming Athletic Director Tom Burman said in a release. “Craig and Leia are invested in Wyoming like no other head-coaching family in my time here."
On March 30 the NCAA Division I Council voted to allow an extra year of eligibility to all athletes in spring sports who lost the majority of the 2020 season due to the pandemic. The decision, however, did not guarantee that those athletes would receive the same amount of financial aid they had previously, which seemed to be a clear indication of the budget constraints ahead for college athletic departments.
The Bohl family donation will take care of that for one group of athletes at Wyoming.
A native of Lincoln, Nebraska, Craig Bohl is entering his seventh season with the Cowboys. After going 6-18 over Bohl’s first two years, Wyoming has been bowl eligible in each of the past four seasons and appeared in three postseason games. The Cowboys are 30-22 under Bohl since 2016.
Prior to taking the Wyoming job, Bohl helped build North Dakota State into an FCS powerhouse. He went 104-32 over 11 seasons with the Bison, winning national titles in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
Bohl got his start in college coaching as a graduate assistant at Nebraska in 1981, two years after completing his playing career as a defensive back for the Huskers. He returned to Lincoln in 1995 as Nebraska's linebackers coach and served as the Huskers' defensive coordinator under Frank Solich from 2000 to 2002.
Staff Picks – No. 9
I decided to begin re-reading The Perfect Pass over the weekend in what I hope will end up being research for a larger project. The book, by S.C. Gwynne, tells the story of former Kentucky coach Hal Mumme and the creation of the Air Raid.
Reading this again, I'm reminded just how good it is. If you want a quick and gripping story about football innovation, give this a shot.
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Brandon is the Managing Editor for Hail Varsity and has covered Nebraska athletics for the magazine and web since 2012, Hail Varsity’s first season on the scene. His sports writing has also been featured by Fox Sports, The Guardian and CBS Sports.