UGA’s Mike Bobo ‘getting long overdue consideration’ for coaching jobs, agent says

In addition to his duties as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, Georgia's Mike Bobo is known as one of the Bulldogs' best recruiters. (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

In addition to his duties as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, Georgia's Mike Bobo is known as one of the Bulldogs' best recruiters. (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

ATHENS – It’s likely to be a very good Christmas for Mike Bobo and his family.

Not only did Georgia’s offensive coordinator lead the Bulldogs to a record-breaking season that netted 11 wins and another SEC Championship Game bonus, but he’s also in line to have his compensation increased in 2013, either by Georgia or somebody else.

Bobo’s name has surfaced as a head coaching candidate at Southern Miss and, according to his agent, he is drawing interest for other jobs as well. Even if Bobo declines the overtures, it would likely result in an enhanced financial agreement from UGA.

Russ Campbell, the Birmingham-based attorney who acts as Bobo’s agent, confirmed that his client is being considered for jobs but declined to discuss specifics.

“I can tell you that he’s getting some long overdue consideration,” said Campbell, who was in California with Sonny Dykes, who was being introduced as the California Bears’ head coach on Thursday. “It’s unbelievable what Mike has done at Georgia; his track record speaks for itself. People are finally starting to notice.”

Bobo coordinated and called plays for an offense that already has set school records for touchdowns in a season and is on pace break records for scoring average (currently 37.2 ppg) and total offense (458.3). He also serves as quarterbacks coach Aaron Murray, who leads the nation in pass efficiency and is the first player in SEC history to throw for more than 3,000 yards in three consecutive seasons. Murray has thrown for 9,662 yards and 90 TDs with 30 interceptions under Bobo’s guidance. Bobo, Georgia’s quarterbacks coach since 2001, also developed No. 1 NFL draft pick Matthew Stafford. He was a finalist this year for the Frank Broyles Award, which goes annually to the nation’s top assistant football coach.

Oddly enough, Bobo has often been the subject of criticism by a vocal portion of the fan base, particularly for play-calling. In Georgia’s SEC Championship game lost to Alabama this past weekend, he was second-guessed for not having Murray spike the ball to stop the clock with 10 seconds remaining at the Alabama 8.

“It’s good to see (Bobo attract head coaching interest) because it has continued to baffle me how all these other coordinators get mentioned,” Campbell said. “He gets lost because of this false perception about the job he’s done there.  I think it just must be one of those situations where familiarity breeds contempt and he’s been there too long. When you drill down and look at it, he’s done a phenomenal job. He went toe-to-toe with Kirby (Smar t)in the SEC Championship game; it went down to five yards, right? You hear Kirby’s name all over the place.”

Bobo’s name has also been attached to Smart, who has mentioned as a candidate for several high-profile coaching jobs. Alabama’s defensive coordinator and Bobo are best friends since childhood and attended UGA together. The thought is that the two could join forces in the right situation. Smart interviewed for the Auburn job, which went to Guz Malzahn, and reportedly is a candidate at Tennessee.

Bobo is ripe for the taking as he is not among the best-paid offensive coordinators in the SEC. He currently makes $335,000 a year (not including bonuses), which ranked 10th among SEC offensive coordinators coming into the season. He also has operated with a one-year contract, while the majority of SEC offensive coordinators have two- to -three year deals.

Bobo, who earned a $45,000 bonus for Georgia’s appearance in the SEC Championship game, is the second-highest-paid assistant on Mark Richt’s staff. Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham makes $825,000 annually and has a three-year contract.

UGA athletic director Greg McGarity said he is aware of reports circulating that Bobo is a candidate for jobs. But he said he won’t get involved unless Richt asks.

“That would go straight to the head coach,” McGarity said Thursday. “That would not come to me. If it reached a certain level of interest, Mark would have a conversation with me. But we haven’t had any communication like that.”

Neither Richt nor Bobo returned messages seeking comment.

Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray told reporters toward the end of the season he didn’t think Bobo would leave UGA because “it’s his dream job.” Bobo has always  been reticent to speak on the subject.

“I have no idea what’s going on,” Bobo said last week of being mentioned for head coach openings. “To be honest, the only thing I’m really focused on is the job I’ve got in hand right now. . . . If I worried about anything else I’d be cheating these players.”

SEC O-C PAY

  1. Doug Nussmeier, Alabama: $590,000; three years
  2. Jim Chaney, Tennessee: $550,000; three years
  3. Greg Studrawa, LSU: $500,000 three years
  4. Scot Loeffler, Auburn: $500,000; two years
  5. Brent Pease, Florida: $490,000; three years
  6. Paul Petrino, Arkansas: $475,000; one year
  7. Kliff Kingsbury, Texas A&M: $400,000; three years
  8. Randy Sanders, Kentucky: $338,000; two years
  9. David Yost, Missouri: $354,750; two years
  10. Mike Bobo, Georgia: $335,000; one year
  11. Matt Luke, Ole Miss (co-coordinator): $285,000; three years/Dan Werner, Ole Miss (co-coordinator): $231,667; two years
  12. Les Koenning, Mississippi State: $275,000; two years

* Head coach Steve Spurrier serves as South Carolina’s offensive coordinator.
* Vanderbilt’s finances are not subject to open record.

419 comments Add your comment

GaTruth

December 6th, 2012
4:47 pm

Nice production. Needs to learn to keep foot on the gas. Maybe he turned a corner this year.

NorthAugDawg

December 6th, 2012
4:51 pm

NO!!! Bobo needs to stay!

Put in Timeout by Ken Sugiura,Filtered by Mark Bradley, Banned once by Bill King & Chip Towers but only slightly loved by Jeff Schultz.

December 6th, 2012
4:53 pm

Russ Campbell, the Birmingham-based attorney who acts as Bobo’s agent, confirmed that his client is being considered for jobs but declined to discuss specifics.
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Right. the Lawyer Agent is just saying that to get Himself and Bobo so money. The 125lb. Atlanta Colts are looking for a new coach. Bobo will not leave UGa and nobody really wants Bobo as a head coach.

Put in Timeout by Ken Sugiura,Filtered by Mark Bradley, Banned once by Bill King & Chip Towers but only slightly loved by Jeff Schultz.

December 6th, 2012
4:54 pm

sorry Some More Money.

Vanessa

December 6th, 2012
4:55 pm

Give him a raise and call it a day, UGA.

Bubba

December 6th, 2012
4:56 pm

Love to him move on. We need a BIGTIME O Coordinator.

tenn.DAWG

December 6th, 2012
5:00 pm

There should be some attractive performance based incentives added to his contract no doubt.Just don’t need to throw a bunch of $$$ at anyone.

Don'tsufferfools

December 6th, 2012
5:00 pm

The market suggests that Bobo is certainly underpaid at UGA. He’s Georgia born and will probably be very careful about leaving.

Put in Timeout by Ken Sugiura,Filtered by Mark Bradley, Banned once by Bill King & Chip Towers but only slightly loved by Jeff Schultz.

December 6th, 2012
5:02 pm

Bobo will stay at UGa and UGa will pick up the tb on educating all 5 of his kids. That is a good Bonus over Pay. LOL

BigGAdawg

December 6th, 2012
5:05 pm

Give the man the raise he deserves and a contract that shows him the respect due him. He is not a perfect coach, but then who is? He has done a great job and we need to keep him in Athens.

Steve

December 6th, 2012
5:07 pm

GTBob and Buckeye the losers in 3, 2, 1………

StevePut in Timeout by Ken Sugiura,Filtered by Mark Bradley, Banned once by Bill King & Chip Towers but only slightly loved by Jeff Schultz.

December 6th, 2012
5:09 pm

Sorry guys, as you can see I am STILL obsessed with everything and anything UGA which is why I love coming on UGA blogs. My team is pathetic and I have no life.

FB

December 6th, 2012
5:12 pm

Wow… Bobo is a DGD. UGA needs to step up. UK O Coordinator makes more?!?!

All Dawg Fans aren't dumb

December 6th, 2012
5:14 pm

The continuity at Georgia has been a big part of the success the last two years. This year’s failures at Auburn and Arkansas shows what happens when the system changes and the players recruited for one system have to play in a different system. What are the odds that we get a “BIGTIME O Coordinator” that runs basically the same system? What proven “BIGTIME O Coordinator” wants to come put up with as many malcontent bubbas as UGA has? We need to give Bobo a raise and more appreciation for the good job he has done.

D-wood

December 6th, 2012
5:16 pm

If anyone really believes he is being considered for a head coaching job you have lost your mind. I would help pay his salary at any school that will take him. This is nothing but a ploy by his agent. His offense put up good numbers against very poor teams. His offense was completely shut down against SC and FL. I will give him some credit vs Alabama but one good game against top tier teams every couple of years does not cut it.

AltamahaDawg

December 6th, 2012
5:18 pm

Pay the man.

Chipperdawg

December 6th, 2012
5:19 pm

I hope this talk helps him get a raise so he’ll stay! Everybody is always griping about him, but, compared to other OC’s around the country, statistically, Bobo’s one of the best! Sure, I question his play calling from time to time, just like everyone else does, but, I did the same thing when CMR was calling the plays! All in all, I think Coach Bobo has done a fine job for UGA and we’re blessed to have him.

rd

December 6th, 2012
5:19 pm

Help him with his resume and help him pack.

My-Guy

December 6th, 2012
5:20 pm

I understand that Jarvis Jones and Alec Ogletree might go into the NFL, although I think we need them next year with that tough schedule, I don’t know why I keep seeing these articles with people trying to get Aaron Murray in the NFL, Mike Bobo leaving, and all these talented juniors going into the draft. With the way our schedule is going to be next year, we need everybody to stay for at least one more time!

Crazy

December 6th, 2012
5:20 pm

Only an idiot would say get rid of Bobo, he is a good coach and remember he recruits the southern part of Georgia and some of the north in Florida. He is the reason Mitchell,Rome,and Drew are at UGA.

Kirk Hurbstreit

December 6th, 2012
5:21 pm

Give the guy a raise, for crying out loud. I thought he was already making 800K.

padre

December 6th, 2012
5:24 pm

bo bo is a class act, great personna for uga, a fine offensive coordinator, and, based on this season, deserves a raise. do it now

what?

December 6th, 2012
5:25 pm

I didn’t know Honey Bo Bo coached at UGA. Doesn’t she make enough off her TV show without having to moonlight as an OC?

Buckeye

December 6th, 2012
5:26 pm

just go bo bo

one less things for the dogs to cry week after week

Buckeye

December 6th, 2012
5:27 pm

Dawg_Mike

December 6th, 2012
5:28 pm

CMR was an Offensive Coordinator before getting his first HC gig. Thats the problem facing Tennessee- they wont go out on a limb and let someone grow into the position. They thought they were with DD, so they are being overly cautious.

Buckeye

December 6th, 2012
5:28 pm

tom brown,

Banned here to?

Score Check

December 6th, 2012
5:29 pm

@Put in Timeout by Ken Sugiura,Filtered by Mark Bradley, Banned once by Bill King & Chip Towers but only slightly loved by Jeff Schultz.

I’m a pathetic little man who is obsessed with all things UGA. I need to be examined by a team of physiologists at the institutional level. Heavy medication and a straight jacket would go a long way from preventing me from doing something quite desperate.

Tick Tick Tick

dawg fan sitting on rockytop

December 6th, 2012
5:29 pm

Don’t forget the recruiting side of BOBO

FayetteDawg

December 6th, 2012
5:29 pm

Man did Auburn and Tennessee get cheated based on what they paid their coach.

Buckeye

December 6th, 2012
5:30 pm

Grantham’s (Beaver Cleaver in a cap) $825K yielded giving up 350 on the ground when it mattered most.

Refund, Beav?

Buckeye

December 6th, 2012
5:31 pm

I want bo bo to teach our QB to hide the ball and face away from the line of scrimmage.

Buckeye

December 6th, 2012
5:32 pm

Ho Ho Ho to Bo Bo Bo

Dave Cutler

December 6th, 2012
5:32 pm

This is a joke. This is just window dressing to make UGA fans feel good about themselves after another embarrassing loss proving Richt isn’t big time. People are starting to ask why Richt never has assistants move on to head coaching jobs and Bobo is a great example. Bobo’s record lone as a coordinator should have landed him a job years ago but people can read through the lines. Anyone who says this guy can develop a QB its a joke. All the players he has had over the years have been good on just raw talent. He is about to have a guy (Aaron Murray) break all school records, have 12,000 pass yards and no SEC titles because face it, you are not winning next year either. Same with Stafford. This guy had the number one draft pick for three years…Zero SEC titles. I guess we are to believe he developed Shockley? Ha! Raw talent and instinct. He did a wonderful job with Joe Cox and Terishinki.

dawg fan sitting on rockytop

December 6th, 2012
5:33 pm

BUCKEYE = HAIRLESS NUT

slydog

December 6th, 2012
5:35 pm

On the surface, I would say he doesn’t deserve a raise. However, based off the above list, I’d say he is due if most of those other bums are getting paid more. Also, if he were to take another job as head coach somewhere, Georgia probably will be better off from a play-calling stand point.

Dave Cutler

December 6th, 2012
5:36 pm

After 100+ wins and successful seasons, who got the best job from being an assistant under Mark Richt (insert Jeopardy music).

Ron Burgundy

December 6th, 2012
5:36 pm

Spike the ball and let’s take some time to consider whether to give him a raise.

kds

December 6th, 2012
5:37 pm

Head coach!!!!!! Yea right

slydog

December 6th, 2012
5:37 pm

Richt would either be forced to bring in someone with a different scheme altogether, but still pro-style, or take back over play-calling himself (preferred) until he can groom another understudy. (DJ Shockley?)

kds

December 6th, 2012
5:37 pm

I think he owe UGA money back

GTBob

December 6th, 2012
5:40 pm

Isn’t this the same guy that UGA fans have been hoping would get fired the past few years? The same guy who has turned Aaron Murray into a mid level QB with turnover issues? More power to southern miss I guess. You would think they would have learned their lesson about hiring SEC assistants.

Put in Timeout by Ken Sugiura,Filtered by Mark Bradley, Banned once by Bill King & Chip Towers but only slightly loved by Jeff Schultz.

December 6th, 2012
5:42 pm

Give him more money but don’t pimp us with the Bobo is being considered for some head coaching jobs Mr. Agent Man. UGa knows how much Bobo loves UGa and he don’t want to leave.
Trent Miles is getting $450k to coach at GaState. Bobo could have taken that job and still been great recruiting in the state.

1eyedJack

December 6th, 2012
5:44 pm

Boy, Awbun really got screwed on their deal, didn’t they?

OkieDawg

December 6th, 2012
5:45 pm

One good season does not define a coach. I think having a great QB and two great young TBs makes an average coach look good. We were good this year in spite of the play calling. When Murray leaves, the same ole Bobo will resurface. I think we can upgrade that position. Good luck Bobo @ So. Miss..

It's true

December 6th, 2012
5:51 pm

I know for an absolute fact that Bobo is the first choice as HC for one school, but he would be a fool to take it and it’s not So Miss. He’s not hunting for a job and Kirby Smart’s not looking either. Bobo would make a great coach for Tenn especially in recruiting, but they won’t offer him and he wouldn’t take it anyway.

Voyager Dawg

December 6th, 2012
5:52 pm

Looking at that list above, it’s hard to believe that Coach Bobo isn’t making more money. If those other guys deserve that money, he does. Not only does he coach and recruit well, he is alumni and was a great quarterback for Georgia in his own right. Pay the man. DGD in my opinion.

Music City Dawg

December 6th, 2012
5:54 pm

It is disgusting that UGA’s offensive coordinator’s salary is soooo low aas compared to that of other SEC OC’s. GIVE BOBO A HEFTY RAISE !!!!

GTDog

December 6th, 2012
5:56 pm

I’d have to say Bobo’s done a great job at Georgia. The list of Qbs that have run through Athens has been impressive. Detroit’s HC and OC called Stafford the “best prepared rookie QB” they’d ever seen. So, the guy can coach QBs.

Georgia’s offensive production? It looks pretty good to me, especially considering the unsettled o-line the past few years. Friend has done nice job getting those guys up to speed, I’ll be curious to see how the line does next year.

Recruiting, Bobo’s been named a top recruiter on several lists over the past 2-3 years.

Broyles Award finalist…well, that pretty much caps it. The pros who evaluate coaches seem to value Bobo’s contributions.

It’s a disgrace that he’s paid at the back end of SEC coordinators. He needs to be bumped up, and there’s no reason to stick with the 1 year deals, he’s been here long enough for a little job security.

Pale Rider

December 6th, 2012
5:59 pm

Why can’t we get someone to hire Grantham?