Todd Grantham isn’t the only one of Mark Richt‘s coordinators with, relatively speaking, long-term job security.
The Georgia head coach revealed prior to practice Thursday that offensive coordinator Mike Bobo received a three-year contract extension as part of his new deal. Bobo is now signed through the 2015 season.
It had previously been reported that Bobo, as part of his new contract, would receive a bump in pay from $335,000 to $575,000.
Grantham, who has served as UGA’s defensive coordinator the past three seasons, signed a three-year contract last year that paid him $825,000 in 2012.
Richt explained the length of the deals as the price of doing business in the highly-competitive and cash-flush SEC. “Most coordinators in our league have three-year deals,” the Bulldogs coach said.
Bobo was hired by Richt as quarterbacks coach in 2001 and promoted to coordinator prior to the start of the 2007 season. He was also a Bulldogs quarterback in the late nineties, although that hasn’t stopped him from being the target of criticism over the past six seasons.
“I think he deserved a three-year deal… I think he’s earned that,” Richt said of the play-caller.
In addition to the contract matters involving Bobo, Richt also confirmed that offensive line coach Will Friend will make $300,000 in 2013 after a $90,000 raise. Friend was also given an additional title — run-game coordinator.
Oregon touched the ball 15 times in its 41-24 win over Colorado on Saturday night. Jeff Lockie played seven of them, including the first. Taylor Alie played eight.
As long as Vernon Adams nurses his broken finger, this appears to be the plan for the Ducks.
“They’d both done enough good things in practice last week to merit playing,” head coach Mark Helfrich told the Oregonian. “We just felt looking at the game plan we could parcel out aspects with each.”
“Of course you want to get into a better rhythm but that’s how it goes,” Lockie said. “We’re just going to play the best we can and as long as we’re winning games, there’s no problem with me.”
Lockie completed 8-of-11 throws for 54 yards with an interception while rushing five times for 18 yards. Alie connected on 4-of-9 throws for 83 yards and a touchdown while adding 22 yards on five carries. Not quite Marcus Mariota numbers from either signal caller.
“It’ll just depend on the game plan,” Helfrich said of Alie and Lockie. “I think those guys they have differences. There are some strengths and weaknesses to different areas of their game and so we’ll think about that going forward of just how the Washington State game plan comes out.”
With Oregon playing Washington and Washington State (combined Pac-12 wins thus far: zero) before a tough closing stretch, Helfrich and company have time to alternate signal callers.
The polls are meaningless. Especially any poll that isn’t the College Football Playoff top 25 and even then, as the TCU learned late last season, even the penultimate ranking is as meaningless as the paper they’re metaphorically written on.
Still, they’re catnip to college football fans and observers. Place them in front of us and we can’t help but gnaw on them.
And with that said, a bit of milestone was reached in Sunday’s Associated Press Top 25, as the SEC was completely shut out of the top five.
That group breaks down as follows:
- Ohio State
- Michigan State
An SEC free top five hasn’t happened in nearly five full years; October 10, 2010 was the last time such a thing occurred. Oddly enough, two of the same five culprits occupied that ranking as well:
- Ohio State
- Boise State
Underscoring the lesson of the first paragraph, eventual national champion Auburn checked in at No. 6. Those Tigers moved up a spot the following week and never looked back.
None of this means anything at all, until it does. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun along the way.