JACKSONVILLE, Fla. ‚Äî Georgia coach Mark Richt wouldn‚Äôt say directly Tuesday if offensive coordinator Mike Bobo has spoken with Georgia Southern about its head coaching opening or if he will after the Gator Bowl.
‚ÄúI‚Äôm not shocked that‚Äôs Mike‚Äôs getting some attention in that regard,‚Äù Richt said at a news conference before Wednesday‚Äôs game against Nebraska. ‚ÄúI think it‚Äôs a compliment to Mike, the offensive staff and the team in general.‚Äù
CBSSports.com‚Äôs Bruce Feldman‚Äôs reported that Bobo will speak to Georgia Southern after the bowl.
Under Bobo, Georgia is on pace to set school records for scoring and total offense for the second straight season and rank in the top 20 nationally in both categories despite losing several key players to season-ending injuries and others for multiple games.
Bobo, an assistant under Richt for all 13 of his seasons at Georgia, makes about $575,000 annually in a three-year contract he signed in the offseason.
He ranked tied for 24th nationally among all assistant coaches in a USA Today salary survey, but that was before the coaching carousel began spinning again.
Florida will pay new offensive coordinator Kurt Roper from Duke $600,000 a year, according to the Gainesville Sun.
Georgia Southern paid Jeff Monken $260,000 in base salary to be its head coach before he was hired by Army, but it could offer a more competitive salary as it moves up to the Sun Belt Conference.
Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity said any talks about a raise for Bobo would come later, but that he got a boost last offseason.
Former Georgia defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder was Georgia Southern‚Äôs head coach for one season in 2006.
Georgia Southern ran the triple-option under Monken and has a proud history running an option offense, but VanGorder and then Chris Hatcher moved away from that.
‚ÄúThe option, the school buses, everything that we do, is something that person needs to understand and needs to embrace,‚Äù Georgia Southern athletic director Tom Kleinlein told the Statesboro Herald last week. ‚ÄúNow, does that mean they need to come in here and do all of those things? I‚Äôm going to leave that up to him. I know, when I sit down and talk to him, that if we‚Äôre not doing some of those things, he better have a really good reason why.‚Äù
Vanderbilt defensive coordinator Brent Pry and Navy offensive coordinator Ivin Jasper, both former Georgia Southern assistants, are candidates to replace Monken, according to the Savannah Morning News.