Bobo Leaves for Colorado State

Mike Bobo is now the head coach of the Colorado State Rams.

Mike Bobo interviewed with the Rams last week, and visited the school in the meantime. Bobo will be introduced as the Rams' head coach at a press conference on Tuesday.

The Denver Post first reported that Colorado State "was closing in on a deal to name Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo as the Rams' head football coach."

Sports Illustrated added that Bobo would make $1.5 million a year during the five-year contract.

The move to Colorado State marks the end of a two-decade journey for Bobo from Thomasville to Athens. Bobo signed with the Bulldogs in 1993. He redshirted and then filled in at the end of the 1994 Georgia Tech game when starting QB Eric Zeier left the game with an injury. He got hurt, along with Robert Edwards, early in the 1995 season, and the Bulldogs struggled to a 6-6 record that ended with coach Ray Goff getting fired.

Bobo returned to the starting lineup under new coach Jim Donnan in 1996. But Bobo and the Bulldogs wound up with a losing record, 5-6, with bad losses to Southern Miss, South Carolina and Ole Miss. But the Dawgs tripped up Auburn in the SEC's first overtime game ever thanks to Bobo's game-tying touchdown pass to Corey Allen at the end of regulation. Bobo's senior season saw the Bulldogs finish the season ranked in the top ten and with ten wins for the first time in five seasons. The year was highlighted by a last-second win over Georgia Tech and a blowout of Florida.

That's when Bobo entered into the coaching world - first as a GA and then as an assistant coach at Jacksonville State.

Donnan was fired after his third loss in a row to Georgia Tech in 2000. Mark Richt was hired the day after Christmas in 2000, and he called on Bobo to coach his quarterbacks, where Bobo made massive strides for the Bulldogs. Coaching David Greene, D.J. Shockley, Matthew Stafford and Aaron Murray, the case could be made that Bobo has coached four of the top five signal callers in school history (Fran Tarkenton).

Bobo's offenses really took over under Murray - and finally shattered school records with a power running game in 2014... even without star running back Todd Gurley for half of the season.

Bobo interviewed with Georgia Southern last season, but had no intention of leaving Athens at the time. But the offer from Colorado State, $1.5 million a year over five years (a $7.5 million contract) became too much to turn down. Insiders have been aware of Bobo's desire to be a head coach recently.


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