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.
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.
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?