South Carolina announces hire of offensive coordinator Mike Bobo
Following a terrible close to the season on the offensive side of the ball, Will Muschamp was forced to shake things up on his South Carolina staff.
Offensive coordinator and playcaller Bryan McClendon was demoted and Muschamp made it clear he had to bring in someone with playcalling experience and a proven track record of developing quarterbacks. While Muschamp did not specifically say he wanted someone with SEC experience, if that was also a characteristic he wanted for his next offensive coordinator hire, he knocked this one out of the park.
On Tuesday, South Carolina’s board of trustees announced they have approved the contract of new Gamecock offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Mike Bobo. Bobo previously served as Colorado State’s head coach, a role he had served dating back to the 2015 season.
South Carolina has given Bobo a two-year contract in Columbia worth $1.2 million each season according to Mike Gillespie of ABC Columbia.
Before getting a shot to be a head coach, Bobo led Georgia’s offense to a great deal of success under Mark Richt spanning the 2007 season until his departure in 2014. After Bobo left Athens for Colorado State, Richt’s Georgia program never recovered, ultimately leading to Richt’s departure from the program.
During his time in Athens, Bobo coached quarterbacks David Greene, Matt Stafford, Aaron Murray and Hudson Mason. During that time, Murray broke several Georgia and SEC passing records, while Stafford went on to become the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL and Mason led the SEC’s best offense in 2014. Bobo played quarterback for Georgia before getting into coaching and is also a noted recruiter of the Peach State.