AUBURN, Ala. (WBRC) - Mike Bobo has been named offensive coordinator at Auburn. Head football coach Bryan Harsin made the announcement Thursday.
Bobo spent last season at South Carolina as offensive coordinator and quarterback coach after a five-year stint as head coach at Colorado State. He also spent 14 years at Georgia.
“I’ve wanted to work with Mike now for quite some time as he compliments the many things we want to do with our offense,” Harsin said. “We are going to be very versatile in what we do and Mike’s offensive background speaks for itself. I’m really excited to combine forces with Mike as we create the Auburn offense, a high-powered, attacking and physical unit that will come at you in many ways.”
At Colorado State, he guided the Rams to bowl games in each of his first three seasons.
“I have a great amount of respect for Coach Harsin, both as a coach and as a person,” Bobo said. “I competed against him for five years as a head coach and we’ve talked ball on numerous occasions over the years. I know what he’s about and his commitment to excellence. I know that Auburn is a great community with a tremendous passion for and commitment to Auburn football. I’m excited to get started and look forward to helping Coach Harsin compete for championships.”
Bobo spent all but one of the first 22 years of his adult life at Georgia as a player or assistant coach. While in Athens, he had been a record-breaking starting quarterback and spent 16 seasons coaching, including the last eight (2007-14) as offensive coordinator.
Bobo’s 14-year coaching stint at Georgia, began in January 2001 when head coach Mark Richt hired him as quarterbacks coach, for his second stint with the school. He had previously worked on the football staff in an administrative role in 1998, then as a graduate assistant in 1999. He was promoted to offensive coordinator in 2007.
During his time at UGA, Bobo helped lead the Bulldogs to 135 victories, including two Southeastern Conference championships, five SEC Eastern Division titles and eight bowl victories. The 2012 Broyles Award finalist held the offensive coordinator spot for 92 games with the Bulldogs, scoring 30-plus points 57 times, 40-plus points 29 times and more than 50 points 13 times.
Bobo, a native of Thomasville, Ga., and his wife, Lainie, have five children, a son Drew; triplets Olivia, Jake and Ava Grace; and Kate. His father, George, was a long-time successful high school coach in Georgia.