Georgia Football: Bulldogs Give Mike Bobo Contract Extension

Alex SimsCorrespondent IIIMarch 11, 2014

Aug 1, 2013; Athens, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs offensive coordinator Mike Bobo shown during practice at the University of Georgia. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
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After fielding one of the most productive offenses in the SEC through a litany of injuries, Georgia Bulldogs offensive coordinator Mike Bobo earned an extension on his time in Athens.

Seth Emerson of The Macon Telegraph reported Tuesday that Bobo has been granted a one-year extension on his contract.

The deal will keep Bobo with UGA through the 2016 season, and according to athletic director Greg McGarity, the remainder of his contract will remain constant, Emerson reported:

Bobo will have an extra year added to his existing contract, a three-year deal that he signed last year. So he will now be signed through December 2016, or any bowl game in January of that season.

Other terms of the contract, including his $575,000 salary, remain unchanged for now, athletics director Greg McGarity confirmed.

Emerson's report also detailed a slight change in the contract of new assistant coach Tracy Rocker. Rocker, a defensive line coach who joined the Bulldogs from the NFL's Tennessee Titans, will earn $350,000 after an addition of $50,000 in supplementary pay.

Bobo has been with the Dawgs since 2001 and has been the offensive coordinator since 2006, previously serving as the quarterbacks coach. He also played QB at UGA in the mid-1990s.

Georgia fought through numerous injuries on both sides of the ball last season. Bobo had to deal with injuries to running backs Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall, as well as receivers Malcolm Mitchell, Michael Bennett and Justin Scott-Wesley, among others. Quarterback Aaron Murray was also lost late in the year.

Through that adversity, UGA still posted the No. 4 total and No. 5 scoring offense in the conference. The Dawgs averaged 484.2 yards and 36.7 points per game.

Despite his success, Bobo has often drawn much outside criticism, including a "Fire Mike Bobo" Facebook page. However, in spite of any outside influence, McGarity is rightfully standing behind the proven UGA offensive boss.

The program has made clear strides to bolster the staff around head coach Mark Richt. Along with the extension of Bobo and addition of Rocker, Georgia made one of college football's biggest assistant coach additions of the offseason with the signing of defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt.

Pruitt was previously with 2013 national champion Florida State and is regarded as one of the best recruiters in the game.