The University of Cincinnati signed Athletic Director Mike Bohn to a new deal that extends his contract through 2021, UC President Santa Ono announced on Wednesday.
Bohn came to Cincinnati in February 2014, after spending almost nine years as the athletic director at the University of Colorado. His initial contract with UC, a five-year deal, was extended after Bohn and Ono had a lengthy conversation about UC’s plans going forward.
“When I talk about seismic transformation, you think about the entire neighborhood,” said Bohn. “We want national respect and the ability to play on the biggest stage possible. It’s really fun to be a part of. I feel like this is our time.”
In just 20 months, Bohn has played a major role in giving the campus a new look with the $86 million renovation of Nippert Stadium and plans to begin an $85 million renovation of Fifth-Third Arena beginning in March 2016.
There has been talk about UC making a move to a power five conference such as the Big 12. Bohn would not directly comment on the current status of any change in conference, but admitted it’s something he sees a possibility down the road.
“There’s yet to be some shifting coming ahead, but who knows when that is,” Bohn said. “When you talk about being the class of the league, regardless of the league we’re in, we want to be one that’s recognized as hosting major games.”