Thursday, November 8, 2012
Mike Bobo: "Why Not Bobo?"
This year in the SEC with head coaching vacancies looming large, names are already being thrown around as possible new hires. When this happens, current coordinators are mentioned along with head coaches. Coordinators get their opportunity to run their own show, and head coaches at smaller schools sometimes get a shot at a head job in a major conference. With all of that being said, I heard (again) Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart's name being mentioned as a candidate for the vacant Kentucky job. It seems like his name gets bounced around every time head coaching jobs come up. I don't hold Smart in such high regard (not that it matters obviously!). I think he's just Nick Saban's Boy who's riding the coattails of his head coach. But I wondered (again) why Mike Bobo is never mentioned, or rumored, for any of these positions. He's been Georgia's offensive coordinator for several years now, not to mention his entire body of work on the UGA staff. It would appear that Bobo is just as capable as Smart. He isn't "attached at the hip" of his boss as Smart seems to be. I would bet that Bobo has more free reign from Mark Richt to do his job than Smart has from Nick Saban. I'm not doing a free promotional reference here for Mike Bobo, but I do wonder if the title of 'Head Coach' is out there in his future. Just sayin...
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I agree 100%. He will be somewhere, whenever he wants too. He waiting for the UGA job. He knows what Vegas wants and will deliver.
I'm not trying to bash Bobo here just stating my point of view. Bobo has had a few good years but for the most part I feel that he has learned at our expense. This year I feel like he will make me eat crow on things I've said in the past but I still remain open minded and want him to become a great OC. He himself said he choked in the USC game and I think most other programs seen that too. His play calling has improved over the last year but one year does not make you a great coach (ask chizik). Most people point to his first couple of years as OC as good years too and they were but once teams had film and schemes to stop it we went years with no change. I think his past performance is the reason he has not been considered. Programs are looking for miracle workers. Most think if they steal a good coach from a national power house they will automatically become a power house themselves and that just don't happen. BTW I will enjoy my crow if he proves me wrong but at least I wont be dining alone.
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