Mike Bobo talks about the move.
“I worked for such a good man in Mark Richt and was coaching at my alma mater in the SEC,” Bobo told USA TODAY Sports. “We were having success offensively, and people would call. Different things would come up. I really wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, if I wanted to uproot my family.
“After more people kept calling the last couple of years, my wife and I started to get serious about conversations. Is this something I want to do — do I want to be a head coach? I can’t keep telling people, ‘No, I’m not interested in that job.’ I started to kind of re-think the idea that I wanted to stay there forever.”
Bobo loved the challenge of coaching in the SEC, and the process of molding teen-agers into young men. He liked watching his quarterbacks thrive, too, be it Aaron Murray or Matthew Stafford or any of his other passers. But during this period of conversations with his wife and personal reflection, he realized something else.
“I thought that I was becoming somewhat comfortable there at the University of Georgia,” he said. “You’re there so long as a player, as a coach, you almost become part of the woodwork. I didn’t know if — we were doing different things offensively, but I didn’t know if I was growing like I should as a coach. I didn’t know if my family was growing. I think sometimes when you move — I moved around a lot in the state growing up with my dad a high school coach — and I think moving helps with growth for children, having to experience new things.”
Being comfortable at Georgia? That’s what Greg McGarity counted on, Mike.