Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo will work under a new three-year contract, the first multi-year deal in his 13 seasons with the Bulldogs.
Coach Mark Richt revealed the length of Bobo’s contract Thursday, a day after Georgia released that Bobo is getting a $240,000 raise to bring his annual guaranteed compensation to $575,000.
“I think he deserved a three-year deal because that’s really what’s happening out there in this league,” Richt said. “His salary’s very competitive with his peers. I think he’s earned that.”
Bobo, who directed an offense that set Georgia records for scoring, moved up to the fourth highest-paid offensive coordinator in the Southeastern Conference. He was quarterbacks coach from 2001-06 before adding offensive coordinator duties for his first full season in 2007.
“I think in the beginning as we transitioned from me getting out of the play-calling business and Mike taking it over and becoming the coordinator, there are probably a lot of people that think I’m doing a lot of the offensive coaching,” Richt said. “I do some, but it’s mostly Mike’s leadership. It’s mostly Mike’s leadership and the staff.”
Richt said most offensive coordinators in the league have three-year contracts.
Bobo and defensive coordinator Todd Grantham, who also has a three-year contract, are the only assistant coaches on Georgia’s staff with multi-year deals.
Richt also said that offensive line coach Will Friend will have the additional title of run game coordinator.
Friend got a $90,000 raise to bring his total salary to $300,000.
“I think we’ve got a great staff and I want to keep them,” Richt said. “It’s a very competitive league in a lot of areas. There’s the competition on the field, there’s the competition in recruiting and then sometimes there’s a competition to hang on to your assistant coaches. We’re able to hang on to just about everybody.”
Bobo, Friend, receivers coach Tony Ball and Grantham were pursued or interviewed for other jobs since the end of the season.
Richt said interest in his assistants from other schools this winter “was about the same,” as most years.
“A lot of times it just doesn’t come out in the open,” Richt said. “I’ve had a lot of people come to me over the course of my career—I’m not saying necessarily this past year or anything like that—but since I’ve been at Georgia, people will call me. They’ll be some headhunters call and say are you interested in this or that? I’ll just say no I’m not interested. So a lot of things don’t come to light, but people are asking.”
Richt said it’s more than the raises that keeps assistants at Georgia. He said they want to be at Georga.
Former defensive line coach Rodney Garner, who joined Auburn’s staff, “had a good opportunity to go back to his alma mater and make that move. Of course, Rodney was what, 15 years here? It wasn’t like he was just in and out.”
All of Georgia’s assistants got raise.
“It was good for them, but it was good for me as well,” Richt said. “I think these guys are tremendous. I think every one of them is. Over time, I want to continue to try to bless them the best we can financially and stay as competitively as we can in that area. I’m thankful we got them to stick around.”