Will Georgia Southern hire UGA's Bobo?

Morris News Service
Sucessful UGA offensive coordinator and former Bulldog quarterback Mike Bobo might be talking to Georgia Southern
Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013 7:15 AM
Last updated 6:23 PM
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Mike Bobo has been at Georgia every step of the way with coach Mark Richt.

The Bulldogs’ offensive coordinator drew interest from Virginia Tech last offseason about a similar position, but stayed put and got a big raise.

So the question posed to Richt this past summer: How much longer do you think you’re going to have Bobo around?

“Oh, I don’t know,” Richt said. “I think he likes it here. I think he understands being a head coach is a lot different than being a coordinator.”

Eventually, the 39-year old Bobo figures to become a head coach. He guided Georgia’s record-setting offense last year and the Bulldogs are on pace to top those marks this year despite all the injuries.

Bruce Feldman of CBS tweeted Monday night that Bobo is expected to speak to Georgia Southern about its head coaching vacancy after the Gator Bowl. Georgia couldn’t confirm that, but DawgPost.com reported Bobo declined to discuss the Georgia Southern opening, citing a source that said Bobo had talked with athletic director Tom Kleinlein about the job.

Georgia Southern is moving up to the Sun Belt Conference and it’s expected to have a more competitive salary for its head coach. Bobo makes $575,000 a year under a three-year contract.

Bobo, the former Georgia quarterback, recruits South Georgia for the Bulldogs as well as coaching the quarterbacks and calling plays.

“To be the head coach and be the coordinator as well, it’s very difficult to do it all and do it as well,” Richt said in the summer. “Right now, he’s really, really good at what he does, but if he became the head coach, too and he wants to keep being what he is, something may give somewhere along the way. …He loves coaching so much, it may be hard for him to do that.”

Interviewing elsewhere could lead to another boost in salary, if not taking over a program of his own.

Richt was reminded earlier this month that his coaches on his offense got raises last offseason.

“Hey, if you do a good job,” he said, “maybe it will happen again.”

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David Parker
David Parker 12/31/13 - 09:27 am
Just win tomorrow and forget

Just win tomorrow and forget about everything else yall.

debbiep38 12/31/13 - 10:43 am
Hope and Pray.

As a Bulldog fan I hope he lands the gig.

fatboyhog 12/31/13 - 11:56 am
GA fans would be confused

If they do, who will GA fans blame when the team loses?

Just My Opinion
Just My Opinion 12/31/13 - 07:51 pm
Bobo already makes MUCH more

Bobo already makes MUCH more as a DC than GSU can afford for a head coach (I assume). And there's no way GSU will ditch the Option and there's no way Bobo would run it.
That being said, I wish Southern GREAT luck with finding the nation's next best coach!

notsurprised 01/01/14 - 03:24 pm
Bobo already makes MUCH more

Bobo already makes MUCH more as a DC than GSU can afford for a head coach (I assume). And there's no way GSU will ditch the Option and there's no way Bobo would run it.

Bobo is not a DC. And, if he wanted to keep the option, he could easily do so. It's called hiring an OC with the knowledge.

GnipGnop 01/01/14 - 11:15 pm
I hope they hire him

Cause he stinks. Richt should have replaced him 2 years ago.

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