If Mike Bobo leaves for Colorado State, UGA will miss him greatly

Mike Bobo, shown with Hutson Mason, is interviewing for the Colorado State job. (Brant Sanderlin/AJC photo)

Mike Bobo, shown with Hutson Mason, is interviewing for the Colorado State job. (Brant Sanderlin/AJC photo)

Mike Bobo, shown with Hutson Mason, is interviewing for the Colorado State job. (Brant Sanderlin/AJC photo)

 

Esteemed colleague Chip Towers reports that Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo will interview for the job of Colorado State head coach. We can’t know whether he’ll be offered the position or if he’d take it if offered — I can’t imagine he wouldn’t; CSU’s previous coach just became the head ball coach at Florida — but at such a moment I feel the need to say something.

Georgia could find another capable offensive coordinator. I don’t know if the Bulldogs could find one as skilled as Bobo. The criticisms of Georgia’s various defensive coordinators over the years have been at least partially justified; the criticism of Bobo has been so overblown as to be laugh-out-loud funny.

I know how it goes. If a play doesn’t score a touchdown, fans deem it a failure. If you run the ball twice in a row for not very much, you’re an idiot. If you don’t run the ball on first-and-goal at the South Carolina 4 and your quarterback gets flagged for intentional grounding, you’re the king of idiots. This is the nature of football and fandom.

But nobody — at least nobody who has bothered to check the actual numbers — can look on Georgia over the past nine seasons and say the offense hasn’t been the best part of that team. In my mind, Bobo is a better OC by far than Chad Morris of Clemson, who was occasionally branded a “genius” but whose teams only occasionally scored in bunches against any defense halfway decent. (And who just became the head coach at SMU.)

There are a lot of lousy OC’s out there. (Scott Loeffler, recently of Auburn and now of Virginia Tech, is about to take down another big-name program.) Mike Bobo isn’t lousy. Mike Bobo is good at his job. I don’t know what kind of head coach he’d be, but I’ve seen his work at Georgia.

I’m not saying he’s irreplaceable. But I am saying he’d be very hard to replace.

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DaRonne Jenkins
DaRonne Jenkins

Funny, I guess all of those gaudy numbers have nothing to do with the fact that UGA has a top 10 recruiting class each year. One number that no one is mentioning is the number of SEC championships UGA has won with Bobo as coordinator - 0.  Every supporter is quick to point out we scored 41+ pts per game - 8th in the country... However we only scored 31pts per game against FBS teams with a winning record - not in top 20. The only stats that Bobo's offense was ranked in the top 20 against actual good teams for is 3rd down percentage which is confusing because redzone percentage was ranked 99th... OUT OF 125 TEAMS! So no, Bobo doesn't deserve to be paid any more than he has been. He's not even the 40th best OC, let alone coordinator in the NCAA... Btw, I checked the stats for the other years too, all the way to 2009... Bobo only had one season where his offense ranked in the top 30 against FBS teams with winning records and twice was he in the top 25 for scoring offense - b/c he was 25th... Bobo pads stats against bad teams and looks good at first glance, but if you really look at the numbers, you understand why NOBODY who faithfully watches games wants him to stay.

DaRonne Jenkins
DaRonne Jenkins

Oh yeah, btw the offense hasn't been the best part of the team - THIS YEAR against the same quality teams, #2 scoring D; #5 Total D; #1 Defensive redzone percentage... guess thats why JP gets the big bucks...

DawgLover4u
DawgLover4u

Sounds like Bobo wanted what Pruitt makes in salary, and UGA  prefers to use that money to focus on the defense and maybe strength (and HOPEFULLY special teams).

I also don't think Bobo deserves all the bad press for all those 4th and goal questionable decisions. I think Richt over rode him some, or, like with the infamous pooch kick, Richt made the decision without even consulting with Bobo.

Those things would make me want to look elsewhere, too, if I were Bobo.

There's no upward path for him at UGA, that's for sure.

Unfortunately, we can all look forward to yet another Richt excuse for under performing next year--

"Well, we're breaking in a new OC..."

50Concept
50Concept

@DawgLover4u the 4th and goal play--did bobo call it or richt?  against alabama, did bobo tell murray not to spike the ball or richt???

DawgLover4u
DawgLover4u

@LostBurro @DawgLover4u

No one was there listening to the headsets to know for sure, but Richt did admit that the pooch kick was his decision in his post game news conference. It logically follows that he's made other decisions that over rode or bypassed Bobo. We know CMR's the pious and stoic "captain of his ship". The final call and responsibility is CMR's.

And Bobo would never point the finger and say, "Richt made the decision, not me, to not give Gurley the ball", or "I wanted Chubb to run but Richt chose to pass," etc. He'd be silent, not point the finger, and take one for the team and solidarity, like people do all the time when their boss was the one who really screwed up.

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

In my opinion it is a lot easier to replace an great  Offensive Coordinator than a great Defensive Coordinator. McGarity needs to make sure Pruitt says with us for at total of at least 5 years. 

A lot of you have complained about Mark Richt and you want a new Head Coach . Surely you don't want Bobo as the next Head Coach. He is a clone of Mark Richt and has made a lot more bonehead play calls that lost us games than Mark Richt has.

Our next Head Coach needs to have a background from the Defensive side . Defense wins Championships and Great Defensive Coaches are stolen away by other schools and made Defensive Coordinator. Great Defensive Coordinators are stolen away if not made the Head Coach.

TOJacket
TOJacket

@C-Kirk Exactly why CJP will be gone by 2016......maybe 2017.

forexbomb
forexbomb

@C-Kirk Jeremy Pruitt is NOTHING more than a skirt chaser.. Precisely why he is NOT still at FSU..  His defensive coaching skills are limited at BEST...  I mean really, if it were not for the highly skilled players that you recruit every year...  You guys wouldn't win a single game!  Pathetic!  but kinda funny....  Go Jackets, WE OWN this STATE!  at least this year...

Charlestondog
Charlestondog

This is what bothers me:  Why would this information about Bobo interviewing for a job come out?  Who released it?  Why?  Is Bobo letting it be known hoping he can get a larger increase in pay at UGA?  What will a recruit think who Bobo recruited?  It just goes to show you that coaches always look out for themselves and not for the players. 

TOJacket
TOJacket

@Charlestondog Well this is just me but............Pruitt walked in the door making more than this DGD...........C'Mon Man!!!................why don't you just roll him up in a blanket and call him Mildred!

jdcigar
jdcigar

CFB is 90% recruiting.  Is Bobo the reason Georgia is usually loaded with offensive talent?  I don't know the answer but if he is than he would be missed.  Otherwise, I would say not so much.  They score a lot of points because of the talent.  His play calling in key situations is highly suspect.  If he were well thought of in the coaching community, he would have been picked up a long time ago.

dawgfacedboy
dawgfacedboy

@jdcigar  exactly. They've had a ton of talent at the skill positions, several 1st round picks. UGA will be fine if Bobo leaves.

Aztec
Aztec

Coaching is all about recruiting.  Great coaches are made by great players.  If he can recruit in the Mountain West he will succeed, if not gone in three years.

dawgfacedboy
dawgfacedboy

The West's dominance is way overblown. The Mississippi schools have been relevant for approximately a year. When they have sustained success I'll consider them to have "arrived". Auburn is two miracle plays last year away from being a back to back 8-4 team. Bama and most years LSU are the only "powerhouses" in the West. Sure it made for some fun this year but if you are considering the Miss schools to be relevant in the world of college football I would have to disagree.

FlatTire
FlatTire

@dawgfacedboy  way overblown?  


name one other division among the power 5 that has had 3 teams win a national title and played for multiple national titles in the last 10 years

caneowar
caneowar

@FlatTire @dawgfacedboy 


Personally I can't, but I can name you three schools that were jobbed out of the shot at a national title shot by undeserving SEC West teams.

50Concept
50Concept

bobo wants will muschamp type money --- $1.6 million or he's going to be looking for a better job!

FlatTire
FlatTire

@LostBurro please tell us what would be a better job?  


As long as UGA wins 8-10 games and beats Tech almost every year you have a lifetime contract


A lifetime contract of 575,000 is way more than 1.6 million for a few years at a program that wants to win championships; not 10 games

TOJacket
TOJacket

@FlatTire @LostBurro I like what McGarrity said..........CMR has a pool of $$$$ to pay his asst. coach's............the AD isn't concerned about him leaving.

FlatTire
FlatTire

@TOJacket   UGA has the funds to make any coaching staff the highest paid in the country but 10 wins keeps more money in the bank

JR947
JR947

@FlatTire @LostBurro  Yep, while with most if not all SEC schools its all about winning the National Championship, here in Georgia it's all about winning the Governor's Cup.

TOJacket
TOJacket

I always wonder if it is CMR or CMB who goes into Mike Smith mode when the dawgs get a 10-14 point lead? It's like watching 2 different teams. I don't think Bobo is ready for CSU........just my opinion.

kdwood
kdwood

The tailbacks made bobo look good this year.  At least he committed to running the football this year.  Pruitt needs to takeover as HC.

Intruder
Intruder

Coaching football ain't rocket science. Intellectually speaking, millions are capable of doing it very well, so stop with the hype, Mr. Bradley.

reckingball
reckingball

Just my opinion, but with better coaching, UGA should be one of the teams in the NC playoffs.

They should have won the NC in 2007, but didn't due to poor coaching, again just my opinion.

96JB
96JB

I wonder ( i'm serious) If Richt needs a physical. He tends to " black out" in crucial" times of a game. I watched him stare into space right before a half this year in a game after the D held and let like 20-24 seconds roll off the clock. Why make the effort to risk a defensive assault to get the ball back and just let half the time roll off the clock. I think the world needs an answer.

DawgLover4u
DawgLover4u

@96JB The answer is that rigid conservatives like Richt aren't good at making quick decisions when they're ill prepared and then get in the trenches under pressure. 

RangeRover
RangeRover

It is SO easy to spot the non-athletes that post here, including the author of this story.

The Richt SYSTEM makes BoZo, not vice-versa, you dimwitted dolts!

If BoZo left today UGA would park right in his slot another OC and they'd never miss a beat!  Where BoZo fails miserably is when he has to think under pressure....think about it!  This is an aptitude issue, meaning lack thereof!

TOJacket
TOJacket

@RangeRover He fails when he thinks too much............1st and goal at 4......give it to Autogurley!!!

Peachs
Peachs

I really don’t understand all the love for Bobo. The guy has been at Georgia forever and barely a sniff, there is a reason for that and now he is this huge star, I don’t think so. Dan Mullen or Steve Spurrier are offensive geniuses, but not Mike Bobo.Why are you doing this?What pub guy has your attention now? One of the things you fail to account for is Georgia recruits players with no one doing anything, it is a the state university for the best, per capita, high school football in the country and most of those kids are too dumb to get in anywhere else. 

RangeRover
RangeRover

@Peachs

And, every single season those offensive geniuses out-coach Coaches DoDo and Richt.  

96JB
96JB

Regional difference alone will Nix Bobo from their hire

Delbert_D
Delbert_D

@96JB 

Substandard regional dialect? That usually matters only for national TV anchors.

96JB
96JB

Ok, this is nothing more than a move to get Bobo a raise....and to SEC scale, HE deserves one. He ought to be even with Pruitt. He's earned it. I say all this because i looked at all the CSU message boards this morning AND the newspapers out there. NOT ONE MENTION of a Bobo in sight.

Peachs
Peachs

@96JB why would they want Bobo?  This is how these assistants get too much money and you can't get rid of them.  Maybe Richt has indicated to Bobo he is getting out soon and Bobo is advertising through the AJC he needs a job.

TOJacket
TOJacket

@OH_IO $10 off $100........................that is very exciting.

GoBigOrGoHome
GoBigOrGoHome

@OH_IO


When will Urban  reveal his "magic healing formula" and market it to the world?  He go well real fast when he left the SEC.  Ran like a race horse needing to pee.  Corrupt coward.