Mike Bobo
Current position
TitleAnalyst
TeamGeorgia
ConferenceSEC
Biographical details
Born (1974-04-09) April 9, 1974 (age 47)
Augusta, Georgia
Playing career
1993–1997Georgia
Position(s)Quarterback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1999Georgia (GA)
2000Jacksonville State (QB)
2001–2006Georgia (QB)
2007–2014Georgia (OC/QB)
2015–2019Colorado State
2020South Carolina (OC/QB)
2020South Carolina (interim HC/OC)
2021Auburn (OC/QB)
2022–presentGeorgia (analyst)
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1998Georgia (staff)
Head coaching record
Overall28–38
Bowls0–3

Robert Michael Bobo (born April 9, 1974) is an American college football coach, who is currently an analyst for the Georgia Bulldogs. He was recently the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Auburn Tigers. He was the head coach of the Colorado State Rams football team from 2015 to 2019. He succeeded Jim McElwain at CSU, making him the second consecutive SEC offensive coordinator hired to coach the Rams.[1] Before joining the Rams, he spent all but one of the first 22 years of his adult life with the Georgia Bulldogs as a player or assistant coach.

Playing career

Bobo played for the Thomasville High School Bulldogs (Thomasville, Georgia) before playing college football at the University of Georgia. He holds several Georgia passing records.[citation needed]

As a senior in 1997, he threw for 2,751 yards, going 199/306 on passing attempts with 19 touchdowns and eight interceptions.

Coaching career

Georgia

Bobo remained at Georgia as a member of the football administrative staff under Jim Donnan. After one year as a graduate assistant, he went to Jacksonville State as quarterbacks coach.

A year later, he returned to Georgia as quarterbacks coach under newly hired Mark Richt. He was promoted to offensive coordinator in 2007. He is widely known for his knack in grooming successful quarterbacks like Matthew Stafford, Aaron Murray, and David Greene. in 2012, Bobo was a finalist for the Broyles Award, given annually to the nation's top college football assistant coach.

Colorado State

On December 23, 2014, Bobo took the head coaching job at Colorado State University, that was previously held by Jim McElwain who left for the head coaching vacancy at the University of Florida. Coming off McElwain's 10-3 season, Bobo's first three teams went 7–6, with all losing in low-level bowl games. In 2017, they began play in newly built Canvas Stadium.

The 2018 season started disastrously, as Colorado State lost badly to Hawaii in their home opener, Colorado, Florida, and FCS Illinois State. Their lone win during that stretch came with a come-from-behind victory at home against Arkansas. The Rams finished a dismal 3-9, their worst record since the Steve Fairchild era.

The 2019 season showed little improvement, as the Rams finished 4–8, including losing to rivals Colorado, Air Force, and Wyoming for the 4th consecutive year. Calls for Bobo's firing gained steam throughout the season. Just over 12,000 people attended the final home game against Boise State, one of the Rams' worst home crowds since before Sonny Lubick's arrival. Bobo and CSU mutually agreed to part ways just days later.[2]

South Carolina

Following his dismissal from Colorado State, Bobo was named the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for South Carolina on December 10, 2019.[3] South Carolina named him interim head coach on November 15, 2020, after firing Will Muschamp.[4] Bobo was retained as offensive coordinator by newly hired Gamecocks head coach Shane Beamer for the 2021 season, but soon left to become the offensive coordinator on Bryan Harsin's inaugural Auburn staff.[5][6]

Auburn

Bobo joined the Auburn football staff as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the 2021 football season. He was fired on November 29, 2021, following a four overtime loss to Alabama.[7]

Return to Georgia

On January 28, 2022, Bobo was hired by Georgia as an offensive analyst.[8]

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Colorado State Rams (Mountain West Conference) (2015–2019)
2015 Colorado State 7–6 5–3 T–2nd (Mountain) L Arizona
2016 Colorado State 7–6 5–3 T–4th (Mountain) L Famous Idaho Potato
2017 Colorado State 7–6 5–3 T–2nd (Mountain) L New Mexico
2018 Colorado State 3–9 2–6 5th (Mountain)
2019 Colorado State 4–8 3–5 5th (Mountain)
Colorado State: 28–35 20–20
South Carolina Gamecocks (Southeastern Conference) (2020)
2020 South Carolina 0–3[a] 0–3 6th (Eastern) Gasparilla[note 1][9]
South Carolina: 0–3 0–3
Total: 28–38
  1. ^ Will Muschamp was fired with three games remaining; Bobo coached the remainder of the season.

Notes

  1. ^ The Gasparilla Bowl was cancelled due to COVID-19 issues and ruled a no contest.

References

  1. ^ "Mike Bobo named #CSU #Rams football coach". December 22, 2014.
  2. ^ "Colorado State, coach Mike Bobo mutually agree to part ways after a 4-8 record in his fifth season". CBSSports.com.
  3. ^ "Mike Bobo - Football Coach". University of South Carolina Athletics. Retrieved 2020-04-17.
  4. ^ Low, Chris (November 15, 2020). "South Carolina parts ways with coach Muschamp". ESPN. Retrieved November 15, 2020.
  5. ^ "Shane Beamer names 7 assistants to South Carolina staff, including 3 new hires". Saturday Down South. 27 December 2020. Retrieved 27 December 2020.
  6. ^ Barnett, Zach (January 7, 2021). "Sources: Bryan Harsin planning to hire Mike Bobo, Will Friend from South Carolina". footballscoop.com. Football Scoop. Retrieved January 7, 2021.
  7. ^ "Mike Bobo fired as Auburn offensive coordinator after 1 season". al. 2021-11-30. Retrieved 2021-11-30.
  8. ^ Rowe, Jake. 28 January 2022. https://247sports.com/college/georgia/Article/Georgia-Bulldogs-Football-Mike-Bobo-begins-third-coaching-stint-181699912
  9. ^ "COVID knocks out S. Carolina as bowl canceled". 22 December 2020.