First off, Mike Bobo should be given hearty “Thank you” from every UGA fan for nearly a 20 year commitment to the University of Georgia. Secondly, he should be congratulated for making the next step in his career, and nearly tripling his current salary. I am disappointed he is leaving, but I understand. You should, too. If anyone offered any of us at our current position a promotion and triple whatever your salary is, you’d take it.
But it probably isn’t about the money. I do think that if UGA had ponied up the cash to make Bobo’s pay equal to what he deserved, he’d probably stay. Or at least stay until something bigger or closer than Colorado State came open.
Despite what any message board comments may say, the coaches are competitive people, starting with Coach Richt. It is an ego filled, testosterone fueled business. He is an ambitious, young coach. He wants to be a head man. There aren’t many Bud Fosters or John Chavises out there. Bobo wanted his chance, and he took it. Good for him and his family.
I had always said that whenever Coach Richt decides to leave, or the time comes for the University to ask him to leave (and it is not yet), I’d want Mike Bobo to be the head coach. I think Bobo probably wants that, too. Going away is the best way for him to come back when momma calls.
Some fans will say “good riddance”, and to them I say, shut up. If that is your mindset today, you abso-freaking-lutely have no idea what in the hell you are talking about.
Let’s take a look at UGA’s point production during the Richt era of calling plays, and then the Bobo era in calling plays:
The Bobo years are highlighted in bold. Sure, ignorant people will say the talent was better, but that doesn’t take into effect who brought the talent in, who is coaching the talent, and who puts the talent in position to make plays.
And 2014 might be his best year yet. With the exception of Nick Chubb/Todd Gurley, I would say there probably isn’t one offensive player from last year you would replace with someone from say, 2002-2005, 2008, 2012. His best deep threat receivers were hurt basically half the year, the running back position was shaky at best, and you had a quarterback who struggled throwing it more than 20 yards consistently.
Sure, people will point to a bad call here or there. I know I did. By my math, UGA ran about 812 offensive plays in 2014. Most were very successful. It is easy to focus on the few bad ones and ignore the good ones.
What do you want from a position coach and coordinator? You want a good recruiter. Check. You want someone who can coach ’em up. Check. For a coordinator, you want someone who puts the pieces in place to make the unit successful. Check. You also want the dreaded “L” word in the coaching business-loyalty. Check.
I’m not going to speculate on what this means long-term for UGA. It probably won’t be good. Other coaches will leave, either with Bobo or because of the new guy, if they hire an outsider. The other shoe will drop, and there will be time to speculate and worry about that later.
For now, I am just going to be like Bernie, and say I am happy for Bobo, but be sad for our program because we lost a good damn good one and a Damn Good Dawg.