Reading the tea leaves about the Will Friend hire, it sounds like Mike Bobo was driving the bus.
Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo called the UAB offensive line coach to tell him he was interested in him for the job. “I told him I would be in Athens whenever he needed me,” Friend said. He met with Coach Richt last week and got the job last Friday. UGA announced the hire yesterday…
… On the returning players. “I know a little bit about the guys who’ve been here. …Just because when I left here coach Bobo and I have stayed in constant contact and you kind of watch people play and see game tape.”
Then, there’s this other bit.
… Searels also held the title of running game coordinator. Friend won’t.
“My job is going to be to train the offensive line,” he said. “That’s the No. 1 thing–to train them and teach them to block.”
I thought the title was given purely for salary purposes, but Friend’s quote makes it sound like there may have been a little more to it than that. Or maybe Searels thought there should have been a little more to it than that. In any event, if Friend takes care of Job 1, I’ll be a happy camper.