ATHENS – The Georgia football team broke for the holidays Saturday, unsure whether when it meets again in four days whether Mike Bobo will be there.
Bobo, the team’s offensive coordinator, interviewed earlier this week for the head job at Colorado State. Georgia head coach Mark Richt said he had no updates on the situation, only that they would have a plan in case Bobo gets the job between now and Wednesday, when the Bulldogs report to Charlotte for the Belk Bowl.
“We’ll have a plan for everything, I can say that,” Richt said.
There is a growing hope around the school that Bobo’s contract, which pays him $575,000 annually, will be revisited if he remains with the program.
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But everything is in a holding pattern until the Colorado State job is filled. It would be hard for Bobo to turn down the job, with money not being the main factor, rather the opportunity to be head coach for the first time.
In other staffing news, the team appears close to having anew strength and conditioning coordinator. Richt said “a few” candidates have been interviewed, without specifying anyone.
“It’ll happen relatively soon,” Richt said.
Early enrollees update
At this point Georgia has six recruits set to enroll for the spring semester. Richt there could be more as well.
Linebacker Jake Ganus announced Friday he was transferring from UAB for his senior year. Four high school recruits have signed financial aid agreements indicating they will join this spring. And junior college transfer Chuks Amaechi, a linebacker signed a letter-of-intent this week.
“He’s got some very outstanding features, physically,” Richt said of Amaechi. “He plays with a lot of energy. He’s a guy that we think can help us.”
Amaechi is likely ticketed for inside linebacker, especially with both current starters being seniors.
“We need help there,” Richt said. “We need to create depth there, and we need to get guys that will compete. Really that’s the main thing right now.”
Gurley will attend bowl
Among the players set to report to Charlotte will be star tailback Todd Gurley, despite his season-ending ACL injury.
“Todd will be at the bowl,” Richt said Saturday.
Gurley is expected to enter the NFL draft, though he has not officially announced it. It’s not unusual for seniors with season-ending injuries to attend the bowl: Marlon Brown did two years ago.
Meanwhile, there’s still the possibility of players missing the trip because of academic reasons. Richt said they would know when grades come in early next week.
“But as of right now I’m not expecting that,” Richt said.
‘A second Christmas’
The decision to report to Charlotte on Christmas Eve has caused some reshuffling of plans. Players are handling it in different ways.
Jordan Jenkins, a junior linebacker, said his parents were joining him in Charlotte and they would
“The presents are already packed up in the Mercedes back home,” Jenkins said.
The Theus family – including Georgia tackle John Theus and long snapper Nate Theus – will open presents on Tuesday morning.
But more goodies will follow once the team is in Charlotte: As part of Belk Bowl festivities, players get a $450 shopping spree at a local Belk.
John Theus said he had already done some scouting on the Belk web site.
“I don’t know how much time we’ll have there, and I know they said that store specifically is gonna have a sale, 20 percent off,” Theus said. “So I’m gonna try to get a little bang for my buck. A second Christmas for myself.”