Former Colorado State head coach Mike Bobo will be named the next offensive coordinator for the South Carolina Gamecocks, the school has confirmed. Bobo’s hiring was first reported by David Cloninger of the Charleston Post & Courier, Sunday afternoon. The University of South Carolina’s board of trustees will meet to approve Bobo’s contract, Tuesday.
Bobo, a former Georgia quarterback, coached quarterbacks under Bulldogs head coach Mark Richt from 2001-06 and served as offensive coordinator from 2007-14. Bobo tutored quarterbacks David Greene, Matthew Stafford and Aaron Murray in his time with the Dawgs.
Georgia averaged 41.3 points/game and 6.79 yards/play in 2014, Bobo’s last season in Athens before taking the head job with Colorado State. In his second year with the Rams (2016), Bobo’s offense averaged 35.3 points/game and 6.68 yards/play.
With his background steeped in the run-heavy Georgia I-formation, Bobo’s offenses ran the ball more than they passed it in every season from 2007-2018. It was only in 2019 that he dialed up more pass plays than running plays. That was likely out of necessity, as the 2019 Colorado State defense surrendered over 31 points/game in a 4-8 season. In his time with Colorado State, Bobo set out to mesh traditional pro-style sets with a faster tempo.
Bobo will be seeing some familiar faces in the Gamecocks coaching room as he has multiple ties to South Carolina’s staff. Bobo was a teammate of head coach Will Muschamp at Georgia before coaching alongside wide receivers coach Bryan McClendon and running backs coach Thomas Brown.