Tag Archives: Mike Bobo

If Mike Bobo were still at Georgia today…

… do you think we’d know the identity of the starting quarterback?

Mike Bobo knows the ability to make plays trumps over decision-making in the end. It’s something he’s seeing and balancing in his first camp at Colorado State.

“A guy can grade 90 percent defensively and is not productive. He’s making a play one out of 45 snaps. He’s doing his job, but not making plays. Same thing offensively. A guy might know what to do, but he’s not making plays. … I don’t care if they know 1/10th of the playbook. If they’re playmakers and can change the game, we’ve got to find a way to get them on the field, as coaches.”


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Bobo doesn’t blame Richt.

This is a pretty impassioned defense of a former boss.

I asked Bobo whether he thought the criticism was founded Richt receives for having not ever won a national championship at Georgia.

“Here’s what I say about that: I went to school there, I graduated from there, I’m an alumnus, I played football there, I have bled and sweat for that school and did everything I could to help it win, and there ain’t another man in the country I’d want coaching at the University of Georgia than Mark Richt,” Bobo said, his voice level rising. “His time’s gonna come. It’s gonna happen, OK, because he’s consistent, he does it the right way. He’s going to win. If he doesn’t, he doesn’t. But at the end of the day, he’s going to be able to say, ‘I’ve done everything I possibly could – time, energy, resources – into trying to make Georgia a complete program that cares about kids.’

“Our biggest job is make sure these guys grow, not just as a football player, but as a person,” Bobo continued. When they walk out of school, they’re ready. They’re ready to walk out there and do what it takes to be successful. He does that better than anybody. There isn’t any guy I’d rather have there than him.”

But wait.  There’s more.

“The misconception that makes me mad is that all he cares about, building men,” Bobo said. “People talk about how I’m competitive; I’m telling you, Mark Richt is just as competitive. We’d go on these trips as a coaching staff, Coach Richt is texting me first thing in the morning saying ‘what are we playing today?’ We’re not laying by the pool reading a book. We’re competing at something, cards, whatever, competing. When we’d play racquet ball at the Butts-Mehre, it was competition every day.

“He hates to lose. He is a competitive joker. That’s the thing that makes me mad. It’s a misconception that he’s trying to raise kids and make sure everybody feels good. That’s not how he is. … It’s not about making them feel good. It’s about making demands of them not just on the field, but off the field, teaching them right and wrong and how to be a responsible person. That’s tiring and taxing. But he’s never wavered from that.”

Like I said, impassioned.  But I’m not sure it doesn’t really boil down to what Bobo claims it isn’t about – Richt caring about making sure his players walk out of the program ready to deal with life, more than anything.  And that’s certainly admirable.  But as a commenter here pointed out the other day, should that be enough in and of itself to keep the head coaching job at Georgia?

I wish Richt would go ahead and win a damn national title, just so we could quit having this conversation.


Filed under Georgia Football

Friday morning buffet

Getting you ready for a holiday weekend with a few tasty morsels…


Filed under 'Cock Envy, Because Nothing Sucks Like A Big Orange, College Football, Georgia Football, Recruiting, SEC Football

Georgia, Mike Bobo’s not done with you yet.

It’s interesting to see how he views the local recruiting market now that he’s not working for the home state team.

“Obviously, our state is No. 1, and California and Texas have been kind to CSU for a lot of years, not just recent guys,” Bobo said. “We’re going to recruit those states, just like a number of schools across the country. There are some ties in the South. I’ve basically been there my whole life, and some other coaches have been there, so we’ll recruit the metropolitan cities like Atlanta, which is a transient city. … We’ll recruit Florida because of the sheer number of players. You’ve got California, Texas, Georgia, Florida. Really, everybody in the country recruits those states.

“Now, we can’t spend all our time and resources in Florida and Georgia, just because of the distance, but there are connections. It’s a 20-hour drive to California like it is Georgia. I hope we can get three to five guys from Georgia and Florida in this next class, but we’ll see what kind of inroads we can make.”

“Transient city”, hmm.  Sad, but true.

In any event, better Colorado State than Auburn.


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Mike Bobo on COA

There’s another school of thought emerging from coaches about the role COA will play in the recruiting process – it will have a place, but it’s unlikely to be the overwhelming factor that some fear (or, perhaps in cases like Auburn’s, hope) it will be.  Per Bobo,

“I’m sure if somebody has a high cost of attendance, they’ll use it to their advantage in recruiting,” Bobo told CoachingSearch. “But at the end of the day, some of those factors always play in recruiting, whether it’s playing time, jersey number, where you live, all the little things. At the end of the day, it comes down to people convincing that player that your university is the best place for himacademically, athletically and socially to grow as a person, that he feels like the coaches are going to help him get there.

“That’s what we’re going to be selling at this great institution, along with chances to win championships and be successful in life. It’s not all about X number of dollars, but we are going to pay full cost of attendance. I think it’s going to be more than fair and help us in recruiting.”

In other words, close enough should be good enough.  We’ll soon see if that’s right.


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Thursday morning buffet

If the end of signing day has left you empty, it’s time to fill up.


Filed under 'Cock Envy, Big 12 Football, Big Ten Football, Crime and Punishment, Recruiting, WOAH! It's Johnny Football!

The Colorado State Way?

It sounds like Mike Bobo has brought one proud tradition with him to his new gig.

Q: Georgia has strict policies on drugs and alcohol. You are now coaching in a state that has legalized recreational marijuana use. Obviously the NCAA has drug-related guidelines, but will you maintain similar rules to the ones you had at Georgia?

A: “We don’t want guys on our football team or in this program or at this university who are going to abuse drugs, so we’re going to have a strict policy. When parents send their young men here, we’re going to make sure their kids are doing the right things on and off the field. Kids are going to make mistakes, and we’re going to discipline them.

“As for suspensions, we’re going to adhere to university policy. It’s not permitted on campus, and it’s not legal in the eyes of the NCAA.”

Mamas, he won’t let your babies grow up to be tokers.

Although if you parse his answer carefully, nowhere does he state that it’s school policy to suspend players caught with maryjane for the first time from games.  That’s because school policy is rather open-ended on the topic. And since Mike Bobo ain’t no fool, my guess is that he’ll be, too.

Flexibility has its benefits.  I wonder if CSU tests its football players the day after they come back from spring break.


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