Bobo's Best Path? Impossible to Know

ATHENS - In the recruiting world we would call Mike Bobo “raw.”

Perhaps the term “raw” bests fits a South Georgia native who can be rough around the edges and prickly at times. But I’ve seen Mike Bobo grow up over time. I was in college the same time he was (I’m certain he’s glad YouTube didn’t exist back then like me). I’ve covered him since his one-year stint at Jacksonville State ended, and when he was welcomed to some guy name Mark Richt’s new staff in Athens.

Bobo, quite frankly, has grown up - it took a little time, but he has grown up in a big way.

That Colorado State (or NC State, or even in the future Florida State) would be interested in Bobo leading their program can’t be a surprise. He’s got a proven track record on the offensive side of the ball. The production of his offenses (often even without star players) continues to go higher and higher.

This won’t be the last time Bobo is looked at for a head coaching position. Damn good people have a way of being wanted.

And then there’s the inequity (a term I probably shouldn’t make about a person currently making more than half a million dollars a year) of Bobo’s pay. If you are going to be a successful coach what you get paid matters, yes, but if you are in coaching for the money… let me tell you - you are in the wrong line of business.

That Bobo gets paid so much less than other, less productive, coaches around the SEC and the conference speaks to his comfort level of being in Athens. It also speaks to just how bad the Georgia assistants have been paid through the years. Bobo recently got a massive increase in pay, but it still didn’t have him at (or near in some cases) the top of the coordinator list in terms of overall pay.

Consider: The last time Bobo faced the $1 million coordinator club (LSU’s John Chavis) his offense put up 44 points. High-priced coordinators Brent Venables ($850k, Clemson), Ellis Johnson ($850k; Auburn) and Lorenzo Ward ($750k, South Carolina) haven’t done so hot against Bobo, either. Actually, with the Dawgs scoring more than 40 points a game - is anyone really doing that great against the Georgia offense?

Is Bobo really the 40th-best coach in the country?

Nope, but that’s where he’s compensated.

If pay is the only way to recognize talent (and I don’t think it is the only way, but money does talk), then are we to believe that 15 coaches (not even coordinators necessarily) are better than Bobo in the SEC?

Nope, but that’s where he’s compensated.

That Bobo is underpaid is accepted as fact - I doubt very seriously that anyone outside of the moron class on social media doesn’t understand just how great he is. But for me, and my guess is that this is true for Bobo, this isn’t really about the money.

This is about what is just and correct. This… actually… is about the future.

Mike Bobo should be paid more money not because he’s selfish or because he demands it. He should be paid more money because he’s earned it, and (this is the important part) the consequences of him leaving would adversely effect the future of the Georgia Bulldogs.

It is that simple.

I don’t know what I would do if I were Bobo. He’s not been offered anything at this point, but I would seriously consider an offer from Colorado State. With that said, I would know that its not home, and its not ever going to be close to home. I would know that there is no talent in the Rocky Mountains. I would know that Colorado, as pitiful as the Buffaloes are, will always be bigger than the Rams.

I would know that just because a job offer is made that doesn’t mean its the right job to take at that moment. I would also know that just because I stay at Georgia doesn’t mean I will be the head coach of my alma mater one day.

I would know that there are no guarantees in life, and that any decision - stay or go - is not necessarily right or wrong as much as it is made, and the consequences that come from it are as likely to be determined by my actions as anyone else’s.

I know that if I were Mike Bobo that, in the end, I would want to be the head coach at Georgia one day. And I would set my path on that destination, knowing that the unknown is something that you can come to expect, but that you can not fear.


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