Kirby Smart, Dan Mullen, Bill O’Brien, Justin Fuente and Bryan Harsin are among the names you’ll hear tossed around the rumor mill if Georgia does elect to fire Mark Richt. Because we’re charitable folks here at HERO Sports and wish not to waste your time, especially during football season, we’ll skip the fluff and dive into potential candidates that aren’t among the popular names.
Consider these five individuals for the head coaching job at Georgia if Richt is canned:
Current Position: Head Coach – Colorado State
There have been shockingly few Mike Bobo whispers among the Mark Richt dismissal talks. The former Georgia defensive coordinator finally left his alma mater and the program where he spent 16 of the first 17 years of his coaching career last offseason to lead the Rams.
Bobo, 41, served as Richt’s offensive coordinator from 2007-2014 and developed a reputation as one of the best in the business both on- and off-the-field, luring dozens of blue chip prospects to Athens while sending numerous players to the NFL. His 3-5 mark in eight games with Colorado State isn’t ideal but it’s hard to believe Georgia would dismiss his candidacy because of one subpar season in the Mountain West.
CSU might fight to keep Bobo after the SEC already snagged their former coach, Jim McElwain, also a former SEC coordinator, a gorgeous new on-campus stadium is under construction and the school is showing the most commitment to the program in years.