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College Football Head Coach Remains In Hospital Days Before First Game Of Season

Colorado State's football stadium.

Mike Bobo was hospitalized just over a week ago, to undergo an evaluation after experiencing numbness in his feet. Just five days before his Colorado State Rams start the season, he is still there.

In a statement, Bobo revealed that he has been diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy, for which he has been undergoing treatment.

In that release, which went out on August 16, he said that he has been watching film, and hopes to get back ahead of the Aug. 25 opener against Hawaii.

While I have been hospitalized I have been able to remain in close contact with out staff and watch practice film in preparation for our season opener against Hawai’i.

I am excited about out 2018 Rams football team, and feel more confident than ever about the quality and commitment of the people in our football program. I am thankful for the hard work, focus and diligence they have continued to demonstrate while I have been away. I also appreciate the support from the athletic department, Joe Parker and Colorado State University. I am hopeful I will soon be back with them working to prepare for our season opener!

Today, Colorado State updated his status. Athletic director Joe Parker said that there is no timetable for Bobo's release from the hospital, but that the program remains optimistic that he will be back for the Hawaii game.

Joe Parker on Mike Bobo's status, via FootballScoop:

“There’s still some unknowns at the moment. There is an expectation that any day now he could be discharged from the hospital. I want to make it absolutely clear: we have a singular leader of our football program, and that’s Mike Bobo. He’s done a remarkable job through the last nine days at staying engaged with this football team, and even though he’s not physically present, his presence is felt each and every day as he relays directly to staff and students and is continuing to do probably too much. It’s hard to keep a man like Mike Bobo down and we expect that he’ll be, at some point yet to be identified, be able to re-join this football team.”

Parker says that Bobo remains directly involved with decisions made about the team. That includes whether an interim head coach will need to be selected ahead of Saturday's game.

“I’ve relied a lot on Mike’s input on what (a contingency plan) might look like. I feel comfortable with what we’ve developed as contingencies; I’m not ready to speak about that yet. Obviously, we’re hopeful that this situation begins to resolve itself and we don’t have to go down one of those paths, but we’re prepared to do so if we need to.”

Colorado State plays in one of a handful of "Week 0" games to open the college football season this weekend. The Rams and Rainbow Warriors kick off at 7:30 p.m. ET in Fort Collins.

The team then has a quick turnaround and plays a big rivalry game with Colorado on Friday, Aug. 31. That game in Denver will kick off at 9:30 p.m. Hopefully Bobo will be able to get back to the sideline soon, but more importantly, that he is in good health.

[Football Scoop]