You know, it dawns on me after reading the stories about Chris Wilson’s new contract and Mike Bobo’s soon-to-be contract that Greg McGarity gets a lot of mileage out of the kind of person Mark Richt is.
Wilson is getting a one-year contract for less money than he was making at Mississippi State. Granted, he has less responsibility now than he did, but the reality is that he’s taken a pay cut to move to Athens and he’s working on a year-to-year basis. Nevertheless, he seems pretty happy with the change of venue (and it sure didn’t take him long to decide).
Meanwhile, Bobo has a resume that outstrips his compensation.
Bobo coordinated and called plays this past season for an offense that set school records for touchdowns, scoring average and total offense. He also serves as quarterbacks coach for Aaron Murray, who is the first player in SEC history to throw for more than 3,000 yards in three consecutive seasons and will obliterate every SEC passing record if he can avoid injury as a senior.
Bobo has been a steal for Georgia, too. Not including performance bonuses — and he has gotten a lot of those lately — Bobo makes $335,000 a year. That ranked 10th among SEC offensive coordinators coming into this past season. He also has operated with a one-year contract, while the majority of SEC offensive coordinators have two- to -three year deals.
Now, that’s getting reworked, but it’s noteworthy how casually outside suitors have been dismissed, both by the school and Bobo.
Georgia was already in the process of sweetening its deal with its sixth-year offensive coordinator when Virginia Tech sent a plane to Athens last week offering Bobo its coordinator’s position, according to a report out of Newport News, Va.
Bobo didn’t get on that plane. He was sitting with recruits at the Bulldogs’ basketball game against Mississippi State on Saturday and, by all accounts, plans to remain at UGA, his alma mater, for a while longer.
Jimmy Sexton considers that bad form.
In Bobo’s case, some of that could be attributed to loyalty to mama, but I think it’s fair to say for both coaches that you have to chalk a lot of this up to the man they work for. The irony here is that kind of loyalty saves McGarity money over the long haul. That in turn probably helps Richt’s job security. Funny how that works sometimes.