Mike Bobo has faith in Kirby Smart: ‘I believe he’s going to be very successful’

Former longtime UGA assistant Mike Bobo

With the satellite camp era officially underway, several coaches made an appearance at the LakePoint Football Showcase on Wednesday.

Among those in attendance was Colorado State coach Mike Bobo. Bobo, who spent 13 seasons as a member of the Georgia coaching staff and seven as the Bulldogs’ offensive coordinator, was focused on bringing his program’s brand down south.

Before the camp started, however, Bobo spent time talking with his former Georgia teammate, and new coach of the Bulldogs, Kirby Smart.

“He’s at a great place for his family,” Bobo told DawgNation before Wednesday’s camp. “He’s at a great university, he’s got a great fan base, he’s going to be able to recruit players. He’s got to believe in the way he wants to run his program. No matter what you do as a head coach, as a football coach, there’s going to be criticism, and I think he understands that. There’s going to be good days and there’s going to be bad days, but he’s got to stick to what he believes in. I believe he’s going to be very successful.”

Bobo and Smart were teammates together at Georgia from 1995-97, and spent the 2005 season together as part of the Bulldogs’ coaching staff. Both men have learned under two of the SEC’s most successful coaches in the past decade; Smart spent 11 seasons as part of Nick Saban’s staff, while Bobo’s 13 years at Georgia were all with Mark Richt.

Georgia’s program is headed in a new direction under coach Smart, but the decision to move on from Richt did not appear to be an easy one. Still, Bobo believes his former boss will be rejuvenated by the chance to return to Miami and coach at his alma mater.

“I was excited for coach Richt,” Bobo said. “I thought he might retire, but he said he very much wanted to continue to coach and to have the opportunity to go back to his alma mater and coach, you can tell he’s excited about it. Coach Richt is going to do very well in Miami, there’s no doubt in my mind.”


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