Maybe it’s just a coincidence.
I have to admit there are times when I wonder if Mark Richt would still be coaching in Athens if Bobo hadn’t left for Colorado State. Not that it matters at this point…
Mark Richt has an eye for talent.
Mark Richt on recruiting Deshaun Watson to UGA: “I told (OC) Mike Bobo, this guy is going to take someone to a national championship.” Richt said he was convinced as soon as Clemson signed Watson, they’d be great. His take on Watson’s TD pass vs Georgia in his first career game: “I was glad they took him out after that.”
Hey, at least they talked about it!
Mike Bobo says Faton Bauta has a “good chance” of unseating the returning starter and winning the starting quarterback job at Colorado State.
“The thing about Faton, I had him for three, coach (Mark) Richt had him for another year, he hasn’t played a lot of football. When you’re a third-team guy, you don’t actually practice a lot. As spring went on for us, he got a lot of reps and you saw a guy get better and I saw some improvement.”
… 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.”
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.
Getting you ready for a holiday weekend with a few tasty morsels…
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.