“Home is where you make it, really.”

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.

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14 responses to ““Home is where you make it, really.”

  1. The Quincy Carter of Accountants

    “I don’t know if my family was growing.”

    He is married to the former Lainie Meshad. They have five children, a son, Drew, 10; triplets – Olivia, Jake and Ava Grace, 8 and Kate, 6.

    No worries coach, it was.

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  2. I hope he has a great season and things go great for his family. Thank you Mike Bobo for helping us have such a productive and exciting offense. Go Dawgs!!

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    • Macallanlover

      Yes, he is a good man, and a good coach. You can tell from his comments that he is looking at the right things, asking himself the right questions with a balance of family and professional concerns. Hope it works out well for him. In this profession he will face some tough roads but he seems grounded enough to survive. CSU is a great location for a young family, but a tough place to make a national statement in football.

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      • 3rdandGrantham

        Agree. Great place to live; perhaps not so great of a place to build a consistent winning football program.

        After visiting all but a small handful of U.S. states, if I ever had to leave Virginia, Fort Collins would be on my very short list of other areas I’d like to live.

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  3. James Stephenson

    I hope he becomes a good head coach and I think he will.

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  4. Rebar

    I think Colorado State’s first game is against Savannah State, so he’ll be back in Georgia to start his head coaching career.

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  5. SJ

    CSU should send UGA a Christmas card in July for allowing Mike Bobo to get his on-the-job-training as QB coach and OC at UGA.
    He is probably thinking he will return to the SEC as HC after his CSU tour..Maybe Ole Miss after Hugh Freeze is finally indicted.

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  6. Mayor

    Good Luck to you and yours, Mike Bobo. Always a DGD!

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  7. CannonDawg

    With success at CSU, and I believe it will happen, Mike and family could very well be back in the SE or SW in 2-3 years. McElwain left CSU for a package worth $3.5M annually over 6 years. If Bobo were offered something comparable in due course, he could probably feed and educate all his kids and have a little something left over for a home on Reynolds. Agree with others above that Mike Bobo’s a DGD, and I wish him the best.

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  8. 3rdandGrantham

    Great to see Bobo broadening his perspective a bit. I absolutely love Fort Collins and would choose to live there in a second over Athens. For active kids and the like, that area just can’t be beat.

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  9. Brandon

    Guy likes to see homos naked, thats cool man, don’t help me none

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  10. Go Dawgs!

    Coach Schotty has some huge shoes to fill. In the end, Coach Bobo gave some incredible service to his school and I’m grateful we had him for as long as we did. I also certainly hope that he’ll have a great career as head coach at Colorado State and that he and his family enjoy some great years in the Rocky Mountains until he can come home and take over for Mark Richt as head coach of the Georgia Bulldogs.

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