Mike Bobo rewarded with a three-year contract

semerson@macon.comMarch 7, 2013 

ATHENS - Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo's new contract will be three years, through the 2015 season.

Head coach Mark Richt revealed the news prior to Thursday's spring practice. Bobo has also received a raise, from $335,000 to $575,000.

"I think he deserves a three-year deal because that's really what's happening out there in this league," Richt said. "His salary is very competitive with his peers. I think he's earned that."

Bobo joins defensive coordinator Todd Grantham in having a multi-year contract. Both have three-year contracts.

Richt also announced that offensive line coach Will Friend has added a new title: Friend, who received a raise to $300,000 is now the running game coordinator.

Every one of Richt's assistants is getting a raise this offseason, some more than others, but everyone a minimum of $25,000.

"I think we've got a great staff, and want to keep them," Richt said. "But 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. And we were able to hang on to just about everybody. I know Rodney (Garner) had a very good opportunity to go back to his alma mater and make that move. And of course Rodney was 15 years here, so it wasn't like he was just in and out.

"But it was good for them. But it was good for me as well. Because I think these guys are tremendous. I think every one of them are. And over time, I wanna continue to try to bless them the best we can, financially, and try to stay as competitive as we can in that area. I'm thankful we got them to stick around."

Garner, who went to Auburn, is the only assistant coach to leave Georgia over the past two offseasons. Richt said the amount of interest in his coaches from other schools was “about the same” as previous seasons.

“But a lot of times it just doesn’t come out in the open,” Richt said.

And perhaps even for Richt.

“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 even since I’ve been at Georgia, people will call me. There have been some headhunters call and say are you interested in this or that, and I’ll say no, I’m not interested. So a lot of things don’t come to light.”

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