Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo was given several chances Saturday to bite on the head coaching question. He didn’t.
“I worry about what I can control, and that’s getting ready to play this ballgame,” Bobo said.
The former Bulldog quarterback — who’s called the plays for one of the best offenses in school history — may have a big raise, or more job opportunities, in his future.
Bobo’s agent seemed to sense it in early December when he told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Bobo was getting “long overdue consideration” for head coaching jobs. Bobo was a finalist for the Frank Broyles Award, given annually to the nation’s top assistant. But he’s paid $300,000 while Bulldog defensive coordinator Todd Grantham got a new contract for $825,000 per year last spring.
Georgia head coach Mark Richt, a former offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Florida State, has turned over the entire offense to Bobo, quarterback Aaron Murray said.
“He’s been able to add a lot more to the offense in terms of run plays and pass plays,” Murray said. “We talk to Coach Richt and it’s funny, because he doesn’t know half the plays we call nowadays. Because the offense has evolved so much.”
Murray said he’s seen the 38-year-old Bobo grow in confidence during the past three years.
“He’s not only gained trust in his playcalling, but he’s gained trust in me,” Murray said. “When I was a freshman it was pretty much babying me. And now it’s: Hey, it’s your show.”
Richt won’t change ‘midstream’
If you’ve been a coach long enough — and Richt has coached for more than a decade — you’ll attract criticism for one season, game or call. And Richt, who’s struggled at times to beat Florida and win in the SEC championship game, has had to weather his share of catcalls and tough moments, much like the ones Nebraska coach Bo Pelini has had for the last month after a 70-31 loss to Wisconsin.
Richt said his Christian faith, plus confidence in his process, has helped him overcome struggles.
“I do believe in what we’re doing and how we’re doing it ... I’m not saying you should never change, but I also say the worst thing you can do is panic and try to change everything,” Richt said. “Especially midstream. You can’t reinvent the wheel that fast.”
“Time for change — drastic change — is the offseason.”