If the end of signing day has left you empty, it’s time to fill up.
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.
Outside, it’s cold. Inside, the buffet is warm.
One of my best friends traveled to the Belk Bowl. He called me at halftime, because he felt he had to let me know that he was seated next to somebody who spent the entire first half… railing at Mike Bobo.
On the one hand, you have to admire the dedication there. After all, why let Bobo’s absence spoil a good rant?
Maybe feel a little sorry for the dude, too. I mean, after all, here’s someone who spent some money and time going to a bowl game, made plans in advance, was obviously raring to go, only to have his preparation messed up less than a week before the game by a selfish decision on Bobo’s part to take a head coaching gig.
The nerve of some people, you know?
Mike Bobo takes Butts-Mehre off the hook.
“At the same time, I felt like I was at the point in my career that I might have a chance at some opportunities and I wanted to explore those opportunities this year. When Colorado State came open, I had followed it a little bit because of (Jim) McElwain. He was an SEC guy and it intrigued me. So I said I was interested and it kind of went from there. The interest was there and it and just took off. It was the right fit at the right time and that’s what I felt in my heart.”
Good for him. And note that later in the interview, he still refers to Georgia as “we”. He’ll always be a Georgia guy.
… that Mike Bobo fella didn’t do such a bad job.
* Only two SEC schools have scored more than 300 touchdowns over the last five seasons — Alabama (312) and Georgia (301).
* Georgia is one of only three league schools to have scored more than 50 touchdowns in each of the last five seasons (along with Alabama and South Carolina).
* Only two SEC schools have rolled up more than 29,000 yards of total offense over the last five seasons — Alabama (29,874) and Georgia (29,024).
* Georgia and Alabama are the only two schools in the conference to post more than 5,000 yards of total offense in each of the last five seasons.
* Only two schools — Georgia and Alabama — have had their quarterback rank in the top five in the league for QB rating in each of the last five seasons.
* In his eight seasons as Georgia’s offensive coordinator, Bobo’s offenses averaged more than 30 points per game seven times (averaging 28 in 2009).
It’s a good thing Todd Grantham was there to hold things together.
Maybe so, but Mike Bobo hasn’t done too badly. His new contract is for five years, with a base salary of $1.35 million. (Those are the same numbers McElwain started with when he went to CSU.) That’s a nice step up from the $575K neighborhood he was in last week.
Here’s the figure that matters in Athens, Georgia, though: His buyout will be $5 million.
I guess that means we can expect Mark Richt to be on Georgia’s sidelines for at least another five years, right?