Bobo not a good fit for Georgia Southern

Mike Bobo has been mentioned in connection with the head coaching vacancy at Georgia Southern.

And while Bobo has done an admirable job as Georgia’s offensive coordinator — I know, a lot of UGA fans would love to see him go somewhere — Bobo wouldn’t be a good fit at Georgia Southern.

AD Tom Kleinlein has said he wants someone who buys into Georgia Southern traditions — the school buses, Beautiful Eagle Creek, etc. — including running the triple option that has powered most of the school’s offenses through the years.

“Now, does that mean they need to come in here and do all of those things?” Kleinlein told the Statesboro Herald. “I’m going to leave that up to him. I know, when I sit down and talk to him, that if we’re not doing some of those things, he better have a really good reason why.”

Bobo has shown great ability to adapt and adjust to the rapidly changing world of college offenses, but he’s spent the past several years building a versatile, multifaceted offense at Georgia that revolves around a pro-style QB.

But Georgia Southern is moving to the FBS Sun Belt, so maybe it’s looking for a new offense to go with its new surroundings.

Also, I don’t know if Bobo has the right personality or desire to perform all that’s demanded of a head coach.

“I think he likes it here,” Georgia coach Mark Richt told the Athens Banner-Herald. “I think he understands being a head coach is a lot different than being a coordinator.”

Here’s a list of other Georgia Southern candidates.

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December 31st, 2013
12:22 pm

Take a poll. Most Dawg fans understand and see the steady rise in PPG under Bobo as OC. He’s a winner. The lunatic fringe that feels otherwise can go somewhere…

Anton Chigurh

December 31st, 2013
12:20 pm

There was once another UGA Coordinator who took the jump down to Georgia Southern you may have heard of him…. Brian Van Gorder.

I don’t think Bobo is the Van Gorder sort, and while I love the GSU triple option am not opposed to something new. Would be glad to have him. However, I think if he does well, he’s not there very long.

Calistoga Dawg

December 31st, 2013
12:18 pm

Southern wouldn’t be a good move for Bobo unless he wants a lower profile job for his first HC position. I am not saying the Southern job is a bad one. It just isn’t high profile outside of the state of Georgia (or the Gainesville Florida area :-0) He couldn’t definitely hold out for another mid-level program. I don’t see an SEC team hiring him as a HC unless he has a winning resume as HC from another school. Oh, and if Southern really wants to grow, they have to dump the triple option. See the North Avenue Trade School if you need an reason why.


December 31st, 2013
12:09 pm

This might read more what is wrong with Georgia than what is going on with Georgia Southern. Old Irk Russell probably never thought of going to Georgia Southern either but once there might have proven he was more than a journeyman assistant coach.


December 31st, 2013
11:54 am

When I said all the coach’s, I meant HS coach’s.


December 31st, 2013
11:53 am

Don’t forget, Bobo recruits south georgia. bobo knows ALL the coach’s. Bobo has name recognition. bobo knows offense. Bobo is a natural. I think if they want him and he can get them a million per year at 5 years, he’s gone


December 31st, 2013
11:48 am

There was once another UGA Coordinator who took the jump down to Georgia Southern you may have heard of him…. Erk Russell!!!!

The whole Georgia Southern tradition of the triple option is going to have to end if Georgia Southern ever wants to have a big time program, which is the reason for the jump. Bobo has a great resume at UGA and can bring a lot of things to Georgia Southern. Spend the money to get him, if you are going to make a jump, make it with a splash!!!!


December 31st, 2013
11:46 am

Agree. He ought to hold out for a mid tier ACC job in the next year or so at a lotttttttttttt more money. Southern will pay around $850K. NC State or such would pay 1.5 to 2 mil per. Bobo has earned it. Lot’ssssssssssss of NFL jobs open ( Assit) and Grantham knows he’s on thin ice. I imagine if a NEW HC in the NFL came calling at say 500-600K for a DL position coach, he would take it. He knows without some big improvement on defense he’s gone. So, he ain’t got the IT factor, so he;ll leave for less money in a new NFL tenure HC situation. Wow, Dawgs could be without a OC AND DC in the next 2-3 weeks. Hang on.


December 31st, 2013
11:34 am

He is not their top pick
He ain’t leaving
He needs a big raise
Grantham needs to go to the NFL


December 31st, 2013
11:33 am