UGA tried to hire Mike Bobo, according to Andy Staples, the longtime Sports Illustrated reporter who now works for The Athletic.
After Bobo was terminated last weekend as Colorado State’s head coach, there was rampant speculation that UGA might like to bring back Bobo as the team’s offensive coordinator. Bobo, who was a player or assistant coach for the Bulldogs for 22 years, was officially hired by South Carolina on Tuesday.
There weren’t any media reports about UGA coach Kirby Smart actually approaching Bobo with an opportunity, until Staples mentioned it as part of an article on Thursday:
“I think Smart will try to change the offense. The question is how far he’ll be willing to go. (Smart) tried to hire (Bobo) … but South Carolina coach Will Muschamp won the tug-of-war between former Georgia teammates to hire their former teammate Bobo. Bobo would have opened up the offense …”
To read the rest of The Athletic’s story, please go HERE.
There’s a lot to analyze from Staples’ article. For background information, Smart and Bobo remain best of friends after rooming together as UGA football teammates in the early 1990s.
Flash forward to now: UGA has a first-year offensive coordinator James Coley, who was promoted from the team’s quarterbacks coach. Coley has been highly-visible this week while out on the road recruiting for the Bulldogs.
Staples did not outright say that UGA specifically offered Bobo as offensive coordinator, although it appears that Bobo would’ve been in charge by saying “Bobo would have opened up the offense.” If so, would Coley have been moved back to QBs coach? Or would it have been Bobo as QBs coach or an offensive analyst?
Thoughts on the Bobo report? Please post below.
New #DearAndy: Will Kirby Smart be willing to adapt on offense? Also, which program has the best chance to join the Playoff club next season? And thanks to @AuburnElvis, I rank which Nic Cage characters would beat up other Nic Cage characters. https://t.co/Tb3JRY8sb2 pic.twitter.com/nQT05p9t4z
— Andy Staples (@Andy_Staples) December 12, 2019