Seth Emerson has raised an interesting point: Mike Bobo has some leverage now. His status as a finalist for the Broyles award will likely make him a candidate for the coordinator position at a few major programs and even merit consideration for a head coaching opportunity at smaller programs. Much was made last week of the relationship between Bobo and Kirby Smart. Smart didn’t end up getting the Auburn job, but that’s only one scenario that might have resulted in a serious offer for Bobo. He’ll hear from other programs even if Smart remains at Alabama.
Before the Bobo detractors out there start helping him pack, remember that there’s a lot more to his job than playcalling. Not only has Bobo directed one of the nation’s top offenses this year, he’s also presided over the golden age of Georgia quarterbacks. Beyond coaching, he’s one of Georgia’s hardest-working and most effective recruiters.
At the very least, Bobo has worked himself into position for a significant increase. He’s currently at $300,000. The range among coordinators at similar programs in the area is all over the map, but in all cases it’s a great deal more than Bobo’s current compensation. Chad Morris at Clemson pulls down $1.3 million. That’s also what Gus Malzahn was making at Auburn. Pease at Florida makes $600,000 in total compensation. Nussmeier at Alabama is also around $600,000. Jim Chaney at Tennessee was at $550,000. LSU’s Greg Studrawa is currently at $500,000 – the same as Scot Loeffler at Auburn. Even Randy Sanders at Kentucky was pulling down more than Bobo.
Emerson points out that the contracts of Georgia’s assistants run through June, and ordinarily we’d hear about adjustments then. With Bobo likely to draw some interest in the next few weeks, the athletics administration will have to operate under a different timetable.