Monthly Archives: December 2013

It’s money that I love.

You can sense the offseason negotiations are gonna be fun.

Georgia athletics director Greg McGarity was unaware of any interview, as of Tuesday morning. Bobo’s contract says that he must notify McGarity of any upcoming discussions about another job.

Bobo signed a new three-year deal after last season that pays him $575,000 annually. So could he get another raise if another school comes after him? McGarity said he and head coach Mark Richt typically discuss raises for assistants a couple weeks after the season.

“I think we made a strong commitment last year. So it’s not like the institution hasn’t stepped up,” McGarity said, then added: “That’s a conversation for Mark and myself later.”

If you’ll recall, the institution had to get pushed a wee bit by Bobo’s agent last year.

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.”

People are starting to notice?  Well, maybe they should pay for Bobo’s raise.  Probably before paying for an IPF, though.

Seriously, he had to see this coming a long way off.

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If Bobo haz a crayon, what’s everybody else holding?

Not trying to be overly snarky here, but is there any other coach on the staff that would say something like this about the defense or special teams?

“There was definitely a lull there, the Missouri and Vanderbilt games, but you’ve got to give those guys credit,” Bobo said. “There was an adjustment period there that we had to go through. The Missouri game we pretty much stayed aggressive but we kind of turned the ball over a little bit, some timing issues. We tried to slow it down a little bit in the Vanderbilt game and didn’t have the results that way either and had to go back to the drawing board and the guys responded and answered and came back and played well the rest of the year.”

I was critical of Bobo a few years back after the loss at Auburn in 2010 for not game planning/play calling in the context of what Georgia needed to do to win:

… Bobo’s responsibility isn’t simply to make sure his offense scores a bunch of points.  It’s to make sure that it scores more points than the other team does.  And there lies the rub about his success as a coordinator.  Context is a bitch when your team goes 6-6.

Context in this case is supplied in this Ben Dukes post about Georgia’s defense.  Blame it on a coordinator whose NFL experience left him ill-prepared for the college spread attack, or blame it on personnel shortcomings which arose as a natural result of a scheme change, but the fact is that Georgia’s defense had a hard time all season with offenses that ran the ball out of spread/option schemes.  If you’re Bobo, maybe you can tell yourself mid-year that your defense will get better as it climbs the learning curve, but by the time the last two games of the year rolled around, it should have been obvious that wasn’t going to happen.  Georgia’s defense needed every bit of help it could get from their offensive mates.

Gee, that last sentence has an echo, doesn’t it?  The thing is, I believe the lesson’s being learned.  Bobo not only had a similar challenge this season, but he had to face it with one hand tied behind his back at times.  (Think about Murray’s surrounding cast in the Missouri and Vanderbilt games and realize the amount of adjusting and scrubbing the playbook that Bobo had to attempt to fashion something that his quarterback could trust and run with all the green players surrounding him.)  As he acknowledges, there was a lull, but the offense did catch a needed second wind after that.

It wasn’t always pretty – injuries and an inconsistent offensive line made sure of that – but I do have the sense that Bobo is calling plays based on his surroundings much more than he used to.  Sure, you’d like to think that the defense and special teams can hold up their end of the bargain, but you can’t count on it.  Bobo’s coming around on that.  And that’s making for a more effective offense.

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Tuesday morning buffet

Clearing the decks, filling the chafing dishes…

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GTP: 2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

About 1,000,000 people visit the Seattle Space Needle every year. This blog was viewed about 4,100,000 times in 2013. If it were the Space Needle, it would take about 4 years for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

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He said it, not me.

Paul Johnson, on the bizarrely disastrous play call that led to the last score of yesterday’s Music City Bowl:

… Paul Johnson called a reverse pass by sub receiver Corey Dennis, who wound up fumbling the ball into the end zone for an Ole Miss safety. Johnson said afterward he’d been waiting to call that play because he “knew it would work.” He also said: “If it works, I’m a genius. If it doesn’t, I’m a dumbass.”

Well, if he’s waiting for somebody to argue with him, he’ll be waiting for a while.

It’s all turned to ashes for Mark Bradley, hasn’t it?

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Blame Bobo.

Wondered if this might be coming…

Though it would probably mean a pay cut for him if he got the job.

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This is so Georgia Tech.

One Chantastic fake punt flop, coming up!

That logo’s a bitch, man.

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Embracing Jacksonville

Mike Bobo gets it, by Gawd:

“Our philosophy is Jacksonville is just an extension of Georgia,” Bobo said. “A lot of fans and people look at it that way, too.”

The Bulldogs have always had a strong recruiting presence in this area. They’ve been playing Florida on the banks of the St. Johns every year since 1933 and have actually comported themselves very well in those games, managing to win or tie 44 of the 82 games played on the site of what is currently known as EverBank Field.

“Playing here every year against Florida definitely helps,” Bobo said. “People in this area don’t have a college team, so they kind of pick one of those two. Kids in this area grow up seeing Georgia, hearing about Georgia, seeing Georgia play, those young kids. If you can get a kid interested in your school early you think you’ve got a chance. That’s why it’s always good to coach in a state that has good talent, because they see that team and hear about them and grow up liking that team.”

That’s the kind of mindset that breaks losing streaks against the Gators.  Now he just needs to get in McGarity’s ear about inviting recruits to the Cocktail Party and we’ll really be on to something.

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Shit’s gettin’ real at the SEC Network.

First Finebaum.  Now, the GPOOE™.  Be still, mine heart.

Tebow is the first college football analyst hired for the SEC Network.

If you weren’t already sick of him, ESPN pretty much guarantees you’re going to be soon enough.

Through a multi-year agreement, Tebow’s primary role will be as an analyst for SEC Nation, the network’s traveling pregame show that will originate from a different SEC campus each week beginning August 28, 2014. In the months leading up to launch and after, he will contribute to a variety of ESPN platforms including SportsCenter, ESPN Radio, and the network’s Heisman Trophy coverage, offering in-depth perspective as a legendary Southeastern Conference player.

On Monday, Jan. 6, Tebow will make his first appearance as an ESPN analyst during pregame coverage of the 2013 VIZIO BCS National Championship. He will contribute to the 9 a.m. ET edition of SportsCenter, College Football Live (3 p.m.) and College GameDay Built by The Home Depot (7 p.m.). He will also be part of studio coverage for the new College Football Playoff (semifinals and championship game), which begins next season.

Hoo, boy.  Overexposed much?

There is, though, one potential fly in the ointment.

“I am so excited that ESPN has given me this incredible opportunity,” said Tebow. “When I was six years old I fell in love with the game of football, and while I continue to pursue my dream of playing quarterback in the NFL, this is an amazing opportunity to be part of the unparalleled passion of college football and the SEC.”

I’m guessing the WWL isn’t losing much sleep over the possibility.

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Toomer’s Corner goes west.

You can take the Plainsman out of the Plains, but you can’t take the Plains out of the Plainsman… or something like that.

Which reminds me – anybody seen Harvey Updyke lately?

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