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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frank fresh

December 31st, 2013
2:41 pm

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December 31st, 2013
2:33 pm

Anybody that is expecting any OC to make perfect calls every play know ZERO about football.

If you knew anything about football then you’d know that there are “bad calls” and “failed plays”. A bad call is an alignment mismatch… running into a stacked line with a full run stunt going with 4 wides. A failed play is 1 or more guys missing assignments and the play doesn’t work specifically because of poor execution.

NO OC makes the perfect call even 80 or 90% of the time. Good calls fail and bad calls sometimes work in spite of everything. Auburn runs a pretty potent offense, right? They execute pretty well, right? They have a really good offensive philosophy, right? Then how come, with all that screams offensive guru, Georgia was able to shutdown that attack for most of the 4th quarter of that game? A poor Georgia defense at that? The genius made some poor calls and his team didn’t execute the good calls. If they’d lost… he’d have been raked over the coals folks. Instead, they win on a fuke play and everyone forgets that they blew a giant lead.

MIke Bobo is as good as 99% of all the OC’s in college football. He makes some really smart calls and he makes some not so hot calls…just like everybody else.

Losing Coach Bobo would hurt Georgia badly. We have enough on our plate without that folks.


December 31st, 2013
2:24 pm

I have been critical of Bobo through the years. He tends to script his plays to keep balanced but doesn’t appear to consider down and distance or opponent’s weaknesses. One thing Bobo has done well is prepare the QBS. I think he will be a good head coach whenever he chooses to do so. He is also a DGD! GO DAWGS!


December 31st, 2013
2:21 pm

Actually, Paul Johnson would be perfect for this job if GT got smart and changed coaches which would free up Johnson. Johnson isn’t going to change his strips and only a few College would put up with such a one dimensional Offense.


December 31st, 2013
2:18 pm

CA Dawg
December 31st, 2013
1:50 pm

What planet are you living on? Mike Bobo was the Offensive Coordinator of the Year. Put down the crack pipe and set away and keep going.

Just damn… the partying has already started.

Vampire Bill

December 31st, 2013
2:17 pm

Couple years ago I would of been glad to see Bobo leave. Now I think he’s one of our best coaches. Hope to stays for years and years. Bob is not the problem at UGA


December 31st, 2013
2:14 pm

The money is one thing…uprooting his young family for less money and even more responsibility is questionable as well. He would be absentee for months while trying to get a program off the ground. He doesn’t have the QB to run his system so he’d have to totally terraform his offensive philosophy as well.

No it’s not a good fit but Southern has to try. I’m not sure Bobo is ready for that move yet. With GSU going into the FBS next year he might need to cut his teeth at a lower level before making the jump. The timing of it all looks like a setup to struggle for a bit.

gsu atl

December 31st, 2013
2:09 pm

Georgia Southern did not call Bobo up and ask him to come in for an interview. If he is indeed going to be interviewed for this job, it’s because he must have some interest. I don’t personally believe he is a good fit, not because of the to, but the basic pro-style offense that he runs and does very well with at UGA. GS is going to open it up a little and try to be more diverse, which may be why Monken left. He knew his offense is more suited to a military school than an fbs school that wants to succeed at a higher level. Lashley, from Auburn, has also been interviewed and in my mind would be a better fit for where we hope to go into the future, not totally leaving the to behind but incorporating it into a bigger scheme.


December 31st, 2013
1:56 pm

BIG DAWG….go on back up to the quickie store and get you another 12 the off coordinator of the year? Man, stay home and away from people…some of that “stupid” might rub off on someone else. UGADAWG2005…well said. The last thing we need is losing Bobo now. Anybody wanting to point fingers need to start with Grantham, and his staff…now lets go on down to Jax, and show those huskers what we like to do along side of the St. John’s river….GATA DAWGS!!!!


December 31st, 2013
1:54 pm

GSU isn’t going to pay 800k a year. Unless someone on this BLOG wants to Donate enough to cover the difference. Our budget max is around 500k per year- Our last coach made 400k before leaving to go to Army, “rumored” to have asked for 700k to remain our coach, and we all know how that turned out. Brent Davis( Current OC @ GSU), Pry @ Vanderbilt(Wishful thinking) , or the OC @ Navy are more likely options-One of the offensive coach’s @ Baylor would be intriguing. Stay Tuned-