Colorado State reportedly ‘closing in on’ hire of Georgia OC Mike Bobo
The former Georgia QB has been a member of the Bulldogs’ staff for most of the last 16 years. Now he’s said to be near moving to Fort Collins for his first job running a program.
Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo is close to a deal to take the Colorado State head coaching spot vacated by Jim McElwain, who was hired by the Florida Gators earlier this month, according to the Denver Post’s Terry Frei. FOX Sports’ Bruce Feldman reports Bobo is expected to accept the job. Football Scoop added some more details on the news.
Colorado State reportedly interviewed a number of candidates, including Oregon OC Scott Frost (who, according to the Post, was uninterested), Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi, Texas DC Vance Bedford, and Ohio State co-DC Chris Ash.
Colorado State went 10-2 under McElwain in 2014 (CSU then lost the Las Vegas Bowl to No. 22 Utah with OC Dave Baldwin as the interim coach), marking the Rams’ first double-digit-win season since 2002.
Bobo, a Georgia native, has spent most of his football career over the last 20 years at the University of Georgia. He played quarterback for the Bulldogs from 1993 to ’97, throwing for 2,751 yards, 19 touchdowns and eight interceptions during his senior year. He began his coaching career by serving as an administrative assistant and graduate assistant at his alma mater in 1998 and ’99.
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Bobo moved on to Jacksonville State, where he coached quarterbacks for one year in 2000. The following season, he returned to Athens to take the same position. In 2006, he was promoted to offense coordinator, a job he held under Mark Richt for the next seven years.
The Bulldogs’ scoring offense has ranked in the top 33 nationally in each of the last five seasons, including ranking eighth nationally this season at 41.7 points per game.
During his time at UGA, Bobo has mentored quarterbacks such as David Greene, D.J. Shockley, Matthew Stafford, and Aaron Murray. WR A.J. Green and RBs Knowshon Moreno, Todd Gurley, and 2014 freshman sensation Nick Chubb have all shined under Bobo’s tutelage as well.
At CSU in 2015, he’d have a similar weapon in Biletnikoff finalist receiver Rashard Higgins, if he were to make the move.