It is being floated around that Bobo is going to talk with Georgia Southern after the Gator Bowl. Bobo won’t go to Southern. That would absolutely dumb for a few reasons: One, Southern sucks. Two, with the move up to FBS this year, GSU is going to get their brains beat in for a few years. It is going to take time for the Eagles to have success in the Sunbelt. He’d be setting himself up to fail. Finally, GSU runs the triple option. Not going to have players to run his scheme.
Look, I know folks out there give Bobo a hard time. But let me just shoot it straight with you: if you seriously think Bobo draws plays with a crayon, or think he is a terrible OC, or think that UGA should dump him, or think that just now in 2013 he FINALLY proved himself to you , then you are an idiot. An absolute freaking idiot.
In fact, Mike Bobo’s offense is the best thing about this football team, and it has been for quite sometime. Not only his playcalling abilities, but also throw in his recruiting and his QB development. The man knows what the hell he is doing, and has proved to be very good at it. As Bernie pointed out in this quote-Bobo blistered several coordinators who make more than he does including scoring at least 35 points on: LSU’s John Chavis (44 points; $1.1 million), Georgia Tech’s Ted Roof (41 points; $600,000), South Carolina’s Lorenzo Ward (41 points; $650,000), Auburn’s Ellis Johnson (38 points; $800,000) and Clemson’s Brent Venables (35 points, $800,000)-Bobo’s success isn’t just against the also rans. The job he did in 2013 is especially commendable with all the injuries, and 247Sports recognized that.
Greg McGarity is going to have to dig in to pay Bobo what he deserves. I know Mike Bobo will leave UGA at some point. He is young, ambitious and successful. But Georgia shouldn’t let him leave for just any job. He won’t go to Southern. Coaches’ salaries have gotten really big, even at smaller schools. If Bobo leaves for a Sun Belt job or C-USA job for a million bucks, it will be awful. I can live with him going to a big school for big money. But there is no reason at all he should leave for a small school for “not much money” when Georgia not only can pony up and pay him, but should pony up and pay him.
Georgia has got to make Mike Bobo the highest paid coordinator not only on staff, but in the SEC. He is a former player, the longest tenured coach on the staff, and has proven himself. Name me one coordinator in the SEC who has been in their current position as long as Bobo and who has done as good a job over a 7+ season tenure. I can think of three: Kirby Smart, Ellis Johnson, and John Chavis (though the last two have not been at their current school for that long).
Alabama has kept Kirby Smart. Texas kept Muschamp around for a while. Clemson is stepping up to pay Chad Morris and Brent Venables.
If Georgia lets Bobo leave for financial reasons, then rage and anger on the message boards, in the stands on Saturdays, and on the Bill Shanks show should be directed at the UGA administation. People always ask, “Do you think Alabama and Nick Saban would do X?” I’ll have another question: Do you think the University of Alabama would not properly pay Kirby Smart? Would they let Kirby Smart leave over money? And to Richt’s credit, remember he went out of pocket to pay his guys becuase UGA wouldn’t.
People want to constantly point fingers at Richt as to why Georgia isn’t winning a National Championship. Though a Richt guy, I can see room for criticism. Critics say all issues start at the top, meaning Richt. He has to be the one who is ultimately accountable. Remember that Richt has people over him. If UGA wants to be successful like Alabama, then it does start at the top.
And I don’t mean Richt.
(I also think Richt is under paid, based on what the market is demanding. Look at the other SEC head coaches. Regardless of what you think of Richt, for him to be paid middle of the pack and the same as Hugh Freeze doesn’t make sense. But that is another post for another day)