Texas May Have Will Muschamp, but Georgia Is Better Off with Mike Bobo

Mike In ValdostaCorrespondent IAugust 12, 2009

AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 8: Defensive coordinator Will Muschamp of the Texas Longhorns cheers on his team against the Baylor Bears in the second quarter on November 8, 2008 at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas.  Texas won 45-21. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

Will Muschamp has turned into a pretty darn good defensive coordinator. At least he was in Auburn. It's hard to tell if anybody plays good defense in the Big 12.

Kirby Smart is looking good as the defensive coordinator at Alabama.

But Mike Bobo, Georgia's ofensive coordinator, may have the brightest future of the three.

All three were teammates for one season at Georgia, 1994, Muschamp's final year. Muschamp started his coaching career as a graduate assistant for Auburn. Smart and Bobo both started at their alma mater.

While Smart would move on to be a graduate assistant at FSU then an assistant at LSU, before returning to Athens, Bobo spent some time in Valdosta but has never left the state of Georgia.

Muschamp took to Wayne Hall and "Brother" Bill Oliver as mentors.

Smart found Nick Saban and has followed him everywhere.

Bobo left Valdosta to join Mark Richt's first staff in Athens as the quarterbacks coach and was promoted to offensive coordinator two seasons ago after gaining play-calling duties at the end of the 2006 campaign.

The three former Bulldogs have very impressive runs through the coaching ranks of the Southeastern Conference. Muschamp has been named coach-in-waiting at the University of Texas, a school known to care a little about football.

In fact, he was mentioned as a candidate to replace Tommy Tuberville at Auburn but could not turn down the coach-in-waiting opportunity at Texas or its distance from Bobby Lowder.

It probably will not be long before we start hearing Kirby Smart mentioned for some coaching vacancies.

But this evening's BUI prediciton centers on the one that never really left. The one that puts the points on the board. The one that played his best game as a Bulldog in his last, although his first was quite a performance against that group from N. Avenue—Mike Bobo, the future head coach of the University of Georgia.

I cannot envision Richt ever leaving Athens for another football job. He will leave on his terms at the time of his choosing.

My guess is he will leave much too soon for most of us. He will eventually leave to answer the calling of the Lord to do something outside of football.

When he does, it will be Mike Bobo who steps in to fill the sizable shoes he will leave behind. That will be just fine with me.


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