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UGA Coordinator Bobo Not Worried By Critics

gfx - they said itFrom his time as Georgia’s quarterback through his tenure as the Bulldogs’ offensive coordinator, Mike Bobo is familiar with fan expectations.  Aside from a team’s head coach, are there any two roles on a team under more scrutiny than those of the play-caller and the signal-caller?

Well now Bobo has inked a splashy new multi-year contract that will bump his pay up $240,000 to $575,000.  He knows what that will do for expectations… and he says he doesn’t care:

 

“There’s going to be critics this year the first time we punt.  That’s part of it.  I’m worried about how the guys in my room and the guys on offense respond when I walk in that room and respond to us as coaches and how they perform and play for us as a team and the University of Georgia.  That’s really the only thing I’m concerned about.”

 

Here’s how Bobo’s offense’s have finished since his first full-season as a play-caller back in 2007:

 

  Year   SEC Rank in Total Offense   SEC Rank in Scoring Offense
  2007   6th   5th
  2008   2nd   3rd
  2009   8th   7th
  2010   8th   4th
  2011   3rd   4th
  2012   3rd   3rd
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UGA Gives Bobo And Fellow Football Assistants Raises

Writing a CheckExcellence will be rewarded at Georgia.  That’s been the message since Greg McGarity arrived from Gainesville as the Dawgs’ athletic director.  And after back-to-back double-digit-win seasons and a pair of SEC East titles, the recent excellence of UGA’s football staff is indeed being rewarded.

Last month, Mark Richt was given a one-year extension and a bump in salary that took him from $2.8 to $3.2 million.  Yesterday it was revealed that all of Richt’s assistants have been handed pay raises, too.

McGarity said:

 

“(The raises) are representative of the job this staff has done really over the last two years.  They kept the ship together.  Even though 2010 wasn’t what we wanted to do, Mark and his staff turned it around and did it the right way.  This is just representative of a job that’s well done and bodes well for the future.”

 

Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo — the only man in Athens who takes more heat from fans than Richt — was given the biggest boost in salary from $335,000 per year all the way to $575,000.  That makes him the fourth-highest paid offensive coordinator in the SEC behind Brent Pease (Florida), Cam Cameron (LSU), and Doug Nussmeier (Alabama)… three men with a combined two years of experience at their current schools.

Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham was given a $25,000 raise to $850,000 which puts him behind only Kirby Smart (Alabama) and John Chavis (LSU) in the SEC.

Offensive line coach Will Friend received a $90,000 raise while receivers coach Tony Ball was given a $50,000 bump.  The other assistants all received $25,000 pay hikes like Grantham.

Georgia opens the season with a road game at Clemson and then home dates with South Carolina, North Texas and LSU.  If the Bulldogs get off to a slow start you can expect to hear many moans and groans about the salary increases the school’s coaches received this offseason.

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WOW Headlines – 9/26/12

South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier is speaking with the media again…
He said yesterday that Carolina is “better than” Kentucky who the Gamecocks play Saturday
Texas A&M is planning a 3-year, $425 million renovation of Kyle Field, but they want help from the local government
Kentucky S Mikie Benton will not be suspended for a violent hit against Florida TE Jordan Reed
After a one-game suspension, South Carolina S D.J. Swearinger says he’ll target opponents lower
S Bacarri Rambo and LB Alec Ogletree will play for Georgia against Tennessee, according to their teammates
Kentucky QB Maxwell Smith reportedly felt “pretty good” at practice yesterday
Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo has been banned from off-campus recruiting for 30 days due to a rules violation
LSU and TCU will open the 2013 season against one another at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas
Keep up with all the day’s SEC news at MrSEC.com

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Ex-Dawg, Steeler Ward Drops By UGA Practice

Recently retired Super Bowl champion Hines Ward — formerly of the Pittsburgh Steelers — dropped in on his alma mater’s spring practice this week with an eye on coaching.

Ward’s former teammate and current UGA offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said “he’s trying to see if that’s something he wants to go into.”  Ward is expected to spend “a couple of days” checking out practice, recruiting, and all the other things that go into college coaching.

Due to NCAA rules, Ward can’t do any actual coaching while he’s hanging around Mark Richt’s program this week.  He can only watch.  Someday that might change.

According to The Athens Banner-Herald, Ward told an Atlanta TV station earlier this year: “If (Richt) wants to hire me, hire me.  That would be my ultimate dream job to come back and coach at the University of Georgia.”

This week he’s taking his first steps in that direction.  Whether Richt would want to put a man on his staff who some Dawg fans would no doubt want to see succeed him is another matter.

The former “Dancing With the Stars” champ was also busted on a DUI charge last summer, but here’s guessing the folks in Athens would overlook that one if it meant landing Ward as a recruiter.

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SEC Headlines – 3/13/12 Part Two

1.  Florida’s Billy Donovan expected a #5 or #6 seed in the NCAA tourney.  Now he says it’s time to get over being a #7 seed and play ball.

2.  Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo isn’t the only person in Georgia upset over receiver Malcolm Mitchell’s move to cornerback.

3.  Expect to see more starters on the Dawgs’ special teams units.

4.  No surprise: Kentucky’s Anthony Davis has picked up a National Freshman of the Year honor.

5.  Depending on a play-in game, UK could face cross-state rival Western Kentucky or former-Wildcat-turned-coach Sean Woods of Mississippi Valley State in its first game.

6.  Oddsmakers in Vegas are listing Kentucky as the tourney favorite.

7.  There are plenty of questions as South Carolina wades into spring practice.

8.  Tennessee’s players are hoping they’ll have a home crowd cheering them on against Savannah State tonight.

9.  This writer says the NIT will offer several Vols a shot at redemption.

10.  Vanderbilt will head into the NCAA Tournament with confidence.

11.  Jeffery Taylor has had success in Albuquerque, where his Commodores will play Harvard.

12.  Week One of spring practice is in the books at Missouri.

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Report/Rumor: Richt Stepping Down? We’re Not Buying That

Today on a site called GamingToday.com – “News You Can Bet On” — it’s reported that Mark Richt will leave the Georgia program “at the end of the season according to inside sources.”

The site also writes: “Sources in the South Carolina/Georgia area say that Richt will pursue outside interests and decide on his own not to return to Georgia.”

Frankly, we’re not buying that one.  At all.  Why?  Well, for one it’s unlikely Richt would put up with an offseason of guff and questions and fan complaints only to climb back to the top… and then step away.

Second, GamingToday.com claims that Derek Dooley and Mike Bobo are “reportedly” top candidates to replace the UGA coach.

Mike Bobo is unpopular among the Bulldog fanbase as an offensive coordinator.  It’s highly doubtful UGA AD Greg McGarity would promote an unpopular coach from within… when many fans want new blood (even it means whacking Richt).

And Dooley, well, Dooley has a losing record during his five-year career and he’s actually got some Tennessee fans calling for his head in just his second year.

Also, anyone with true connections to the Georgia program would know that UGA president Michael Adams is the man who booted former coach and AD Vince Dooley from the Dawg program.  It’s highly unlikely that a Dooley would want to work with an Adams or vice versa.

Anything’s possible and if it turns out the folks at this gambling site have scooped the world, we’ll be the first to send up a mea culpa.  But we’re not buying this one.

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Richt And Grantham Don’t See Eye To Eye On Effort Issues

In the minds of some Georgia fans, Mark Richt is only admitting the obvious.  Possibly.  But it’s not often you hear a coach make statements such as this:


“When you watch the film and you see another team played harder than we did, that’s sad, that’s my fault.  We had some games like that in my opinion.  I can name one for sure and that’s the bowl game.  It was most evident that game, maybe that’s the one in my craw and is the one I’m talking about most.”


Richt was referring to the Bulldogs’ 10-6 loss to Central Florida in the Liberty Bowl.  Oddly, defensive coordinator Todd Grantham — rather than taking a “none of us played well” attitude — disagreed strongly with his boss when asked about the effort of his defensive squad:


“Not on defense.  It ain’t happened on defense.  When you look at the Central Florida game, I thought the guys on defense were busting their tail.  Now, we didn’t finish the game the way that we wanted to, but to say that those guys outworked us, that ain’t right.  That didn’t happen.”


First, that comes across as a bit of insubordination on Grantham’s part.  Second, he certainly didn’t defend Mike Bobo’s offensive unit, did he?

Who knows how the question was posed to Grantham?  But it’s highly unusual to see a coordinator disagree with his head coach so strongly and so publicly.  Why it’s even more unusual than a head coach admitting that his team got “out-efforted” on the playing field.

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SEC Headlines – 7/28/11 Part Two

1.  Florida’s basketball coaches are building chemisty.

2.  Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo says it’s unnerving to lose players during the offseason.

3.  Too bad then that UGA has lost another player.  Redshirt freshman linebacker Brandon Burrows will miss the season after shoulder surgery.

4.  John Calipari will coach his Dominican Republic National Team against a group of ex-Kentucky greats in a Rupp Arena exhibition game.

5.  ESPN’s Lee Corso is a fan of the Louisville-Kentucky football series.

6.  South Carolina players are A-OK with high expectations.

7.  This writer says Tennessee might as well aim high in its AD search because the school’s got nothing to lose.

8.  The major concern for UT’s football team this fall?  The defensive front seven.

9.  Five more reasons why the SEC rules.

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8 SEC Coaches Named Top Recruiters

When nine of the SEC’s schools land in the final Top 25 recruiting rankings for Rivals.com it only makes sense that a few of those SEC recruiters be singled out as the best in the country.

Earlier today we told you that LSU recruiting coordinator Frank Wilson has been named Rivals.com’s Recruiter of the Year for 2011.  But he’s got plenty of company from the Southeastern Conference.  Also listed as ranking among the 25 best recruiters in the land this year:

Mike Bobo, Georgia
GA Mangus, South Carolina
Tee Martin, Kentucky
Jim McElwain, Alabama
Sal Sunseri, Alabama
Trooper Taylor, Auburn
Tommy Thigpen, Auburn

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Richt Not Looking To Blow Anything Up

Mark Richt held his season-ending press conference in Athens this morning and Dawg fans wanting major changes will be left shaking their heads.

“If you just change for the sake of changing, then all of a sudden you’ve gotta learn something all over again,” Richt said.  “Do I wanna confuse Aaron Murray? … We’re not looking to blow anything up.  In my opinion we’re very close.  I mean, how many teams have what would be considered a down season one year and the next year they are right there?”

Richt said that he will not make changes on the defensive side of the ball because that staff was just overhauled last offseason.  On offense, he said he will not be getting any more involved in play-calling.

“Mike Bobo’s the coordinator, Mike Bobo’s the quarterbacks coach.  Stacey Searels is the running game coordinator.  And they’ve done a great job… so I have confidence in those guys.”

As we noted on Monday, it was unlikely that Richt would make any major changes to his program heading into a make-or-break year.  His comment about confusing his quarterback seems to spell that out quite clearly.

When Bear Bryant reinvented Alabama as a wishbone team he wasn’t facing today’s media circus or a “win this year or you’re fired” kind of threat.  Richt is.  And that gives him less motivation to make drastic — risky — changes this offseason.

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