“… you’ve got to be careful that you don’t chase too many ghosts.”

Mike Bobo and Jeremy Pruitt are friends?

Mark Richt recommended Pruitt to Phil Fulmer for the Vol head coaching job?

Consider my mind somewhat blown.  (Although I admit the idea of Richt playing three-dimensional chess with Fulmer did cross my mind.)

This, on the other hand, I get completely.

Pruitt’s hire was celebrated by Georgia’s team and fan base. He replaced Todd Grantham, who left for Louisville’s staff and is now at Florida.

“Bobo never directly told me this,” Mason said, “but I could sense that he was excited about that change. … I think the culture in 2012 and 2013, I think some of the coaches were frustrated with. When Pruitt came in, they knew it was gonna be much more regimented.”

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11 responses to ““… you’ve got to be careful that you don’t chase too many ghosts.”

  1. Down Island Way

    As time passes on the previous hc’s time at UGA, does it appear as if that ship was loosely run, bottom up instead of top down so to speak….

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    • mddawg

      I may be crazy but wasn’t there a time when UGA fans wanted Richt to be less involved in the offense and take on more of a CEO type role? And by the end people were clamoring for him to be more involved in the offense. It seems like there’s a very hard-to-hit sweet spot somewhere in there but I guess he just never found it.

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  2. Granthams Replacement

    Now some of that is at FU…..

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  3. I’m far enough in to Seth Emerson’s new book (second chapter, I believe) where it covers this, and based on what he wrote, this makes complete sense. Bobo was the one that kind of filtered Pruitt, when it came to working with Georgia. It was Bobo that lobbied Richt to embrace the changes that Pruitt wanted to implement. When Bobo left, that led to a lot of lssues because Pruitt was running around unchecked and unfiltered. That chapter isn’t the deep dive we were hoping for on Richt’s final season, but it sure gives some perspective on the dynamics. Also.. it was Will Friend that directly connected Pruitt with Richt, and Will Friend’s relationship with Bobo that helped establish Bobo’s rapport with Pruitt, it seems.

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  4. 79dawg

    Bobo and Pruitt were friends and were both recruiting dynamos – Pruitt helped start bringing in what he had learned at Alabama and he brought a little fire back. Had Bobo stayed 2 or 3 more years and not left in 2015, he’d probably have been promoted to be our head coach now after Coach Richt retired with an MNC or two…. No sputtering offense in 2015, no throw-away year in 2016, all the talent in 2017…. (gonna duck now)

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    • Not outside the realm of possibility. I think CKS is probably a better HC than Bobo every will be, though.

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      • 79dawg

        I agree with your second point, for sure – Kirby definitely has a more holistic and steady attitude than I think Bobo does/will. It’s hard to see Bobo becoming an SEC head coach, but he will make a good living as an OC/QB coach/recruiter (assuming he, hopefully, stays healthy).

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        • Agree. I like Bobo, wish him the best in career and health! Definitely some dudes better at being a coordinator than being a head coach, and I think he’s one. As an aside, I know this to be true about myself. I’m better in a role where I have a narrow, defined focus and following someone else’s “big picture” thinking. I can lead a team, but don’t think I’m cut out to lead an entire organization.

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    • mddawg

      Regarding the talent in 2017, it’s hard to say if that would’ve been the case if Bobo & Pruitt had stayed. As you said they were great recruiters, but we went from top 10 classes under Richt to top 3 classes under Smart. Plus Smart brought in Jake Fromm. Would the same seniors (Chubb, Michel, Carter, Bellamy) have stuck around for 2017 if Richt & Co. were still at the helm?

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      • 79dawg

        Who recruited all the juniors and seniors who made 2017 so special? Bobo and Pruitt… Setting aside Fromm, its also worth pondering what Bobo could have done with Eason in 2016 had he stuck around, potentially setting quite the table for 2017 and ’18…

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        • mddawg

          Those are good points. Assuming 2016 would’ve been a good enough year that those players felt they were on the cusp of something special, I could see them sticking around to play for the coaches who recruited them.

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