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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Jim from Roswell

December 31st, 2013
1:54 pm

If Southern wants to continue to grow they need to junk the high school offense unless they are happy with being 7-5 or 8-4 at best every year. Tech is the perfect example of this.

Bobo can recruit and he’s a South Georgia boy. I think he’ll do fine there if he were to make the change.

CA Dawg

December 31st, 2013
1:50 pm

Would be the best gift we could get for 2014……anybody that knows anything about college football knows that the Dawgs needs a new OC. Period.


December 31st, 2013
1:47 pm

UGA hasn’t won an SEC championship since Richt was calling the Offense…..just saying.

Dapper Dan Dawg

December 31st, 2013
1:42 pm

Bobo is not a good fit and I feel like he could frankly do better. Similar to his mentor Richt, he can afford to wait for a mid to top tier FBS (or whatever we are supposed to call it now) team. Some UGA fans love to bad mouth him, but it is hard to argue with the success his offenses have had.


December 31st, 2013
1:34 pm

Bobo will retire from UGA. He’s 39 Richt is 53 so in another 10 or 12 years Richt retires and Bobo takes over. That’s the way it will be, get used to it. GO DAWGS !


December 31st, 2013
1:34 pm

He would be a good high school coach.


December 31st, 2013
1:32 pm

Go BoBo Go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Smart Dawg

December 31st, 2013
1:12 pm

Love BoBo for being a bulldawg .The beginning of the year all the insider,s liked Georgia if they played ball control with Gurley an Marshell. didn’t happen got Marshell hurt throwing it . Broke all the passing records to go to the gator bowl. please run the ball and win it all next year.Gurley right Marshell left till they stop it. Our best defense is a ball controlling offense. lISTEN TO Me PLEASE GO DAWGS


December 31st, 2013
1:08 pm

To believe Kirby Smart will be the HC at alabama or texas any time soon is laughable and worthy of ridicule.


December 31st, 2013
1:03 pm

Bobo needs to hold out. GA Southern is a waste if you don’t run a triple option. BVG took that job and his career has had him float around but never really excel since being canned within a year. He’s floated around since leaving Athens while never having a job better than the defensive coordinator, the job he could have kept long-term in Athens. Now he’s having to do the same job in Indiana.

Chris Hatcher was a rising star in coaching whose name was coming up every time there was an opening at a mid-tier school or for OC at a big-name school. He was dominating the Gulf South Conference at Valdosta State running the Air Raid offense developed by Hal Mumme that has been successful at Kentucky, Texas Tech and now Washington State. His staff members at the time included Will Muschamp and Kirby Smart running the Black Swarm defense.

Since that time, Muschamp and Smart went on to bigger roles by going the coordinator route at bigger named schools. Muschamp has a prized job now, even if he isn’t doing so well at it. Smart is doing the right thing by waiting for the right opportunity and not jumping at the wrong vacancy just to be a head coach. Hatcher went to Ga Southern, wasn’t given the time to transition the program, and hasn’t been considered for a big job since. He now coaches at Murray State. His former underlings have far surpassed him.

Bobo needs to wait for Smart to take the Texas or Alabama job (when Saban retires) and go work for his buddy. He needs to run the offense at a big-name program that is not Georgia (preferably bigger brand than Georgia). Georgia fans don’t appreciate the prolific offenses he has produced and instead want to second guess everything he does. The Dawgs lose 45-42 and the blame goes to Bobo for running too many draw plays (which is a necessary part of the offense and actually works quite a bit) instead of to the defense for giving up 45 points. The guy wins national coordinator of the year award and Georgia fans want him gone. It makes no sense.

When he produces outside of Athens and Smart/Texas wins the national championship which Texas should compete for every year with the talent in that State, Bobo will be considered for whatever job he wants.