And now, the obvious question

Which is, will Mark Richt take back the offensive coordinator reins so he can hire a dedicated special teams coach?

Nah, just kidding.

Richt’s gonna replace Bobo.  He’s made it clear that he’d prefer to let someone else handle playcalling duty.  So who’s out there that has a shot?  If you’re looking for a couple of lists, here’s one from Seth Emerson and one from MaconDawg you can read.

My thoughts?  I haven’t a clue on a specific name, but I do think there are some likely parameters to keep in mind.  First, I don’t think Richt is going to hire somebody who requires on the job training.  If he’s not going to call the plays officially, he’s not gonna do it in training, either.  Second, it’s easy to lose sight of this, but Georgia hasn’t just lost an offensive coordinator.  It’s also lost a very good quarterbacks coach.  You have to think that whomever Richt decides on has experience in that department, too.

Given those items, I think it’s unlikely that Georgia promotes from within (as much as McGarity might like to save a few bucks by going internally), because there’s nobody on the staff with that sort of experience.

The other matters to keep in mind as the search develops would be that I doubt Richt wants to change Georgia’s offensive philosophy in any significant way, budgetary limitations – of course – and Pruitt’s Tuscaloosa-based influence.

If you’re asking me if all that smells like Doug Nussmeier… well, I probably wouldn’t argue with you.

I do think Richt will have plenty of qualified candidates to sort through.  So there’s that.

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  1. Nussmeier wouldn’t be a bad choice. I would suggest someone with a little more wide-open in him. Kurt Roper didn’t get long enough (or the talent) to prove what he could do at UF, but the guy was solid with Cutcliffe at Duke.

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    • Otto

      Agreed, UGA should get plenty of looks due to stability and talent in the program.

      The catches are B-M possibly not spending the money, and an OC may want to bring some coaches with him and CMR might not be willing to let his guys go.

      I am hopeful and agree with eethomaswfne on Roper and Nussmeier.

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      • Otto, you may have a point on the money angle, but I see Richt demanding what it’s going to take to get the right guy. Assuming Friend goes with Bobo, I would imagine the OC would have to keep McClendon (recruiting) and would likely keep Ball (the guy does wonders with WRs). The big question would be Lilly (Richt has a loyalty there that would be hard to break).

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        • Otto

          A new OC just makes turnover interesting, coaches want bring people they know, that know their scheme. Does a new OC want TEs with WRs or OL depending on what they run?(Lilly’s current position) I would think McLendon is safe if he wants to stay. I have had some complaints with dropped balls in the passing game. Nebraska comes to mind. I don’t think McLendon is bad but some new drills could possibly put that aspect of the game over the edge. Whatever your view of the program, the next month will be interesting.

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  2. You and I seem to be smelling the same smoke. I’m just not sure if it’s a campfire with marshmallows or the pulpwood plant off I-16.

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    • MD, do you think Nussmeier is splashy enough to keep Jacob Eason from reopening his recruiting?

      Weinke as a Heisman winner under Richt’s tutelage may be able to keep Eason in the fold.

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  3. @gatriguy

    I’m going to get killed for this, and there are a million reasons (and pounds) why it will never happen, but I’ve always thought the Fridge was a damn good offensive coordinator. Plus, he is an OL coach, so if Friend leaves, 2 birds 1 admittedly hefty stone.

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  4. BluntblowinBobo

    The theme of McGarity being a penny pincher has become a frequent topic. Is there any evidence for this outside of Bobo making less than he should have to support this (without referencing an indoor practice facility)? The UGA athlethic department has never hurt for money. Assuming it were in fact true, I have a hard time trying to figure out why anyone in a competitive program that has plenty of money would tighten the purse strings to the detriment of the program.

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    • Chi-town Dawg

      Take a look at any of the financial data available for various athletic departments around the country and you’ll see why people are up in arms. UGA has been falling farther behind in revenue growth and has one of the lowest football revenue re-investment ratios of any SEC program. Also, look at the size (or lack thereof) of our investment in S&C and recruiting staff, lack of an IPF, etc. these and many other issues have been mentioned ad nauseum on many UGA blogs. The low football revenue reinvestment rate is probably the thing that drives most people crazy – we’re milking our cash cow to fund other non-revenue generating sports much more than other SEC and non-SEC programs who seem to be throwing big money at this sport as the pie grows dramatically.

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  5. Paint

    speaking solely from a qb coach point of view, chris weinke fits the bill.

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  6. Ben

    So I just looked at Nussmeier’s wikipedia page and that the thing that surprised me most there was that Al Borges was employed at Michigan until early 2014; that’s some Class-A bad decision making up there.

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  7. Mike

    Nussmeier is also been a possibility for Florida. Chris Low speculated on that some time back.

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    • And, there is that pesky recruiting angle.

      I would have said Roper except for that.

      Letson would be a no brainer for QB coach cheap if we hire an Oline OC but looks like Letson goes west with Friend.

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  8. Warden182

    Jeff Tedford & Mario Cristobal to replace Bobo & Friend.

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  9. SouthGaDawg

    I like the idea of either Roper or Sanders. Both of those guys have lots of experience with multiple offensive systems. Football is cyclical. As with the wishbone, the single wing, this spread no huddle will soon pass. I would not hire a fly-by-night spread guy like ECU’s Lincoln Riley.

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  10. Will Trane

    Just can not think about it. Too upset Bobo is leaving.
    Someone at Colorado State is very enamored with SEC OCs. Could end up like Foley at UF.
    Always glad to see D1 football programs hire coaches off teams who still have games to play. You would have thought CSU would have the professional courtesy to wait a week. Or any other team. Teams or programs should start hiring coaches off other teams as soon as a season starts if they do not like the way their program is going. But AD’s like Foley, the one at CSU, and McGarity…well, it says alot about them but not the players.
    Do not think CMR makes a hire until the second week of January. Will not be like the Grantham exit and the Pruitt hire.
    Would Roper fit in with CMR? Hell, if you look at what he did to us in JAX I’d say yes. Let Nick Chubb take a look at those game clips of UF’s offense. Think Chubb is a quiet guy, but inside he say, “hell yes!”.

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    • Mayor

      Actually, Roper is probably the easiest and best solution. Plus, he’s out of a job. Pay the man the same salary he was making at FU and it’s a done deal.

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  11. W Cobb Dawg

    Ralph Freidgen came to mind, although that’s not gonna happen. I figured he could be a useful stand-in until we see if AM’s nfl career is going to last.

    I’m sure CJP has a candidate in mind already. I just hope the next OC can work the clock better than our HC does.

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  12. Mayor

    Tri suggested Ralph Friedgen whom I think is a good choice in the short run. If you read Ralph Friedgen’s bio (I just did) you come away amazed at his accomplishments in football (ACC Coach of the year; Broyles Award winner when OC at MD). He’s the guy who developed Boomer Esiason and Frank Reich while OC at Maryland. But he’s 67 years old. I don’t know how many years he would be willing to put in. He already has a job at Rutgers (he’s only been there 1 season) and may not want to uproot and move again. On the plus side, he knows the state from his time at Georgia Tech. Many may not remember but he was the OC for Tech when Tech was co-national champion in 1990. He can be a qb coach and also has experience coaching OL. Ralph Friedgen is an excellent coach.

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    • Mayor

      P.S. Ralph Friedgen also would solve the end-of-game decision making /clock management problem Georgia has had. He’s really good at that.

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      • RocketDawg

        Ralph Friedgen is too old and too out of touch with today’s youth to be an effective OC. He’s fine at Rutgers, Rutgers isn’t in the SEC.

        Nussmeier seems to be the hot name right now but I am not sold. Bama won those National Championships due to defense not offense. The offense was fairly pedestrian during the Nussmeier years.

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        • Mayor

          If CMR decided to call plays himself he could hire Brad Johnson as QB coach. He’s already in Athens and how many college teams can say they have a Super Bowl winning QB as their QB coach. That said, there would be howls of “nepotism” from the anti-Richt crowd if he did that.

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  13. Cosmic Dawg

    I would love to see someone who brings a Moneyball approach to running our offense. This guy Bob Stitt is listed as a longshot in Macon Dawg’s story and would at least be an interesting candidate to interview:

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaaf/2012/10/29/bob-stitt-fly-sweep-colorado-school-of-mines-college-football-offense/1659819/

    Plus, stupid Colorado owes us one.

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  14. peacedogattack

    Based on the S&C opening applicants, we should have a nice list to choose from. 2016 uber QB recruit Jacob Eason has already reaffirmed, pending we stick with a pro-style offense. I do not advocate making a coachingf decision based on a future recruit. But we already have a tone of personnel to fit our offense (yes, some of it could fit into other offenses easily; some of it could not) and a ton of experience in being a team that runs this sort of offense. So I think we’ll hire a like minded OC as a matter of course.

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    • Richt isn’t going to change his offense based on this hire. He has made it very clear he wants to be able to run downhill and go play-action downfield from the I. He has also allowed Bobo to introduce other spread concepts especially the pistol to add wrinkles. Everyone forgets Richt created what has become the HUNH as the “Gulf Coast/fast break” offense at FSU. He just did it using pro-style concepts with Charlie Ward rather than the spread used by the Gus Bus, the Big 12 Air Raid, or Chip Kelly’s Oregon spread.

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  15. Dawg19

    Next obvious question:

    Is anybody coming after Pruitt?

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  16. Spike

    David Greene for OC! Or Aaron Murray?

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    • If Murray’s NFL career doesn’t work out, I would have him on speed dial as a QB coach and future OC. The guy understands the position inside and out and probably had the best grasp of Richt/Bobo’s offense of any of the QBs in the Richt era. He would be great on the recruiting trail. I would also suggest DJ. The only way any of these would happen would require Richt to take back play calling. I don’t see it right now but could see that if Bobo came back to Athens as Richt’s successor.

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  17. I think McGarity told Richt to go out and hire the best damned Offensive Coordinator $550K can buy.

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    • $550k isn’t going to get this done, and I’m sure McGarity and Richt know it. McGarity’s laws of economics are about to hit the real laws of economics square in the face now. I think we know which one will win.

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      • Sorry….this darn sarcasm font is broken again. I agree with you 100%. Any OC worth having would laugh at Bobo’s salary…look at Cam Cameron. It will end up costing much more to replace Bobo than it would have cost to keep him (just my opinion). I think McGarity is a problem–we’ll soon see how big that problem is.

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      • Mayor

        McCheap needs to watch out for his own ass. He is increasingly being viewed as a liability to the program by what is becoming a bigger and bigger portion of the fanbase. He already is being tagged with the perception that his tight-waddedness cost us Bobo. People are also making insinuations that his cheapness cost Georgia the Turley hire as S&C director. If Bobo chokes on the new OC hire it will be his time on the hotseat rather than CMR’s. ADs get fired, too. Just ask former Pitt AD Steve Pederson who just got the ax–for failing to be able to keep coaches.

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  18. ChilliDawg

    Requirements:
    * Must be good to great recruiter (Know GA & Southeast)- CHECK
    * Must be qualified to develop QB’s (Keep Eason) – CHECK
    * Knows how to organize a staff – CHECK
    * Knows Georgia offense – CHECK

    Does anybody have Ray Goff’s phone number??? – No? Eric Zeier’s – Lost it? David Greene’s? – Say what? D. J. Shockley’s? Mike Cavan’s? – What do you mean, who?

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  19. Mudcats Impala...

    Rumors out there about trying for both Napier & Cristobal from Bama for the OC & OL coaches spots…

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  20. AusDawg85

    Lane Kiffen is holding on line 3, although the caller ID says it’s Nick Saban’s cell phone.

    Charlie Weiss is trim and ready. Well, ready anyway.

    Mack Brown is bored.

    Tim Tebow…because Florida owes us for Boom.

    Gene Chizik…sure he’s a D guy, but has an uncanny ability to raise funds and recruit & rehabilitate troubled future Heisman winners.

    Rick Neuheisel…hates the SEC so much, who better to be running your O attack?

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    • The Chiz and McGarity wouldnt work. Chiz paid his Heisman winner almost as much as Bobo made the same year.

      Hell Bobo might’ve left because he and Nick Marshall earned the same salaries.

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  21. JAX

    From a very credible source, it’s Randy Sanders.

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    • @gatriguy

      Please God, I hope not.

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      • Ben

        No kidding. I couldn’t handle pulling for that guy.

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        • RocketDawg

          No freaking way…….

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        • Scorpio Jones, III

          JAX, I have no idea if this is true, but Sanders would be some sort of full circle thing. UT QB, UT OC…till Phil needed a scapegoat for one year, Kentucky OC…molder of Jamais Winston…good God can you imagine the patience that must take. Similar offensive philosophy to the boss. Hard to judge what Sanders has done at FSU since Jimbo obviously runs the offense.

          Frankly, I am as concerned about replacing Will Friend as anyone, although if he goes to Dubieland with Bobo as has been reported, at least the cupboard is not bare.

          The word I would use from having observed Sanders’ offenses is solid.

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          • Scorpio Jones, III

            Oh…sorry Hogbody…Quarterback at Tennessee, Offensive Coordinator at Tennessee till Phil…… Offensive Coordinator at Kentucky…Quarterback coach at FSU (calls plays….maybe sometimes)

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            • GATA

              Copy / paste from UGASports.com (staff report)
              Randy Sanders
              FSU Co-Offensive Coordinator (2013 – Present)
              AGE: 49
              ALMA MATER: Tennessee, 1988
              RELEVANT EXPERIENCE:
              • Florida State co-OC/QB (2013-14)
              • Kentucky OC/QB coach (2009-2012)
              • Kentucky QB coach (2006-2008)
              • Tennessee OC/QB coach (1998-2005)
              • Tennessee offensive assistant coach (1988-1998)
              CURRENT SALARY: $500,000
              SCOUTING REPORT: As offensive coordinator at Tennessee, Kentucky, and Florida State, Sanders has ran a pro-style offense for the most part similar to what Georgia has been doing. He has run a higher percentage of snaps out of the shotgun throughout his career than Mike Bobo ran in Athens. While Sanders was on the Tennessee coaching staff, the Vols had a record of 162-46 while winning 4 SEC Championships and a National Championship.
              In 1998, Sanders received his first offensive coordinator gig when David Cutcliffe was named the Ole Miss Head coach. His very first game as an offensive coordinator was the National Championship in the 1999 Fiesta Bowl. He coached/developed Tee Martin and Eric Ainge while offensive coordinator with the Vols.
              In 2006, Sanders was named quarterback coach at the University of Kentucky. Throughout the next two seasons in Lexington, Sanders developed Andre’ Woodson into one of the top quarterbacks in the country with him throwing for 7,224 yards, 71 touchdowns, and only 18 interceptions. He was named offensive coordinator at Kentucky in 2009 and then the quarterback coach/co-Offensive coordinator at Florida State in 2013.
              Sanders is the only coach in college football to win a National Title in the first year and last year of the BCS era.
              MOST APPEALING TRAITS: Runs mostly pro-style offense; learned under David Cutcliffe; history of developing quarterbacks.
              POTENTIAL SNAGS: Has not made lateral moves throughout his career only coaching with three different schools in 25+ years.
              INTANGIBLES: Championship experience.

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    • Ugh. I have vivid memories of lackluster Tennessee teams coached by Sanders. As I recall, Cutcliff made significant improvements on O with the same players that Sanders couldn’t do anything with

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  22. Coondawg

    Has anyone suggested Brad Johnson?

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