It’s jarring not seeing him in red, ain’t it?
Hey, it’s what he’s wanted, and judging from how things turned out for his predecessor, it’s a great opportunity. So, what more needs to be said besides congratulations?
Well, since you asked…
- Bowl game prep. From what Chip Towers said, Georgia isn’t very far into installing its game plan, but really, this one doesn’t seem too daunting a task. I expect Richt will run the offense and it’s not like the staff doesn’t have familiarity with Todd Grantham.
- Other staff defections. Towers hints at something others have mentioned, which is that Will Friend might follow, but I’m not sure Bobo takes many with him. For one thing, I don’t think it’s something he’d do to Richt. For another, who would make a lateral move from Georgia to CSU? The money won’t be better. (On the other hand, if you’re looking for something non-Bobo related to freak out over, here you go.)
- Recruiting. Again, any kid committed to Georgia isn’t heading out to follow Bobo. The question is whether any of the recruits Georgia’s targeted for the offense who Bobo focused on (Terry Godwin?) can be pried away by its SEC competition. Tons of good recruiters on Georgia’s staff to tide things over, but I expect the next guy coming in will have to be in place well before signing day to end that questioning.
- Will a favorite son return home? Really, I’m amazed at the number of people who assume this is as much an opportunity for Georgia to hire an experienced head coach in Bobo down the road as it is for Bobo himself. Why is that so likely? Think about it for a minute. If Bobo flops at CSU, or even has a rough time for a while (see this article for speculation that McElwain may have gotten out at just the right time for his career), how attractive is he going to be as a future head coaching candidate at Georgia? And if he’s a big success out there, what happens when he starts getting serious offers at other P5 schools (or, gasp, SEC schools) while Richt remains the head coach in Athens? To me, this seems like anything but a lock.
But that’s all down the road, right? In the meantime, best of luck, Coach. You’ve earned your shot.