Mike Bobo’s fingerprints have been on the Georgia offense ever since the Mark Richt era began in 2001.
Now Bobo will begin his own era 1,500 miles from Athens.
Bobo, the Bulldogs’ offensive coordinator, accepted the head coaching job at Colorado State on Monday.
The Coloradoan announced the hire first and the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that sources close to Bobo have confirmed it.
Bobo will replace Jim McElwain, who left for Florida after three seasons leading the Rams.
The move comes just two days before UGA heads to Charlotte to begin preparations for the Belk Bowl against Louisville.
“Mike is a great coach,” Richt said last week. “He understands the game extremely well. He’s an old school ball coach as far as getting after it. Got a good edge about him as far as being demanding, things of that nature. He’s got great knowledge, he’s a very demanding coach, and he sees the big picture, too. He’s got all the ingredients, and I’m not shocked that this is happening.
”He’s had other opportunities that he knew in his heart — well, I won’t speak for him, but he’s had other opportunities, as well."
Former Georgia center Ben Jones, now with the Houston Texans, sent out the following tweet early Monday evening: Hate seeing that bobo is leaving. Heck of a coach. Colorado state got a heck of a coach
Bobo, 40, was named quarterbacks coach in 2001, joining Richt’s first staff at Georgia. He worked his way up to offensive coordinator in 2007 while continuing to guide the development of quarterbacks.
His most recent success was Aaron Murray, who set 27 Georgia and four SEC records and finished with 13,562 yards of total offense, 13,166 passing yards, 121 TDs and 921 completions. He is the first player in SEC history to have at least 3,000 yards passing in four consecutive seasons.
Bobo also coached Matthew Stafford, the top pick of the 2009 NFL draft and — at the time — the winningest quarterback in Football Bowl Subdivision history.
David Greene and D.J. Shockley also starred at quarterback under Bobo’s watch.
With Bobo calling the plays Georgia set school records for total yards in a season (6,547 in 2012 and 6,294 in 2013); average yards per game (484.2 in 2013 and 467.64 in 2012); and most touchdowns in a season (72 in 2012 and 58 in 2013).
In 12 games this season the Bulldogs average 41.7 points and 454.9 yards per game.
Bobo was a quarterback at UGA himself, completing 445 passes for 6,334 yards and 38 touchdowns during a playing career that ran from 1994-97.