Mike Bobo is no longer at Georgia -- he accepted a job as Colorado State's head coach during the offseason -- but he's as plugged in with the Bulldogs as any coach in the country.
The former UGA assistant, who spent 14 seasons working under Mark Richt, doesn't mince words when it comes to his former boss. He told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Chip Towers, who visited Bobo this week in Colorado, that Richt is the right man for the job.
"Here's what I say about [the criticism Richt receives]: I graduated from there, I'm an alumnus, I played football there, I have bled and sweat for that school and did everything I could to help it win, and there ain't another man in the country I'd want coaching at the University of Georgia than Mark Richt," Bobo told Towers.
"His time's gonna come. It's gonna happen, OK, because he's consistent, he does it the right way. He's going to win. If he doesn't, he doesn't. But at the end of the day, he's going to be able to say, 'I've done everything I possibly could -- time, energy, resources -- into trying to make Georgia a complete program that cares about kids."
But don't get the impression that Richt doesn't care about winning. Because of his somewhat-placid personality, Richt's desire to win might not always seem evident, but it's definitely there.
"He hates to lose. He is a competitive joker," Bobo said. "That's the thing that makes me mad. It's a misconception that he's trying to raise kids and make sure everybody feels good. That's not how he is."
Towers visited the longtime Bulldogs assistant in Fort Collins to check in on how he is handling the transition from assistant to head coach. Towers provided a quick update Sunday -- other former Bulldogs Will Friend, Ronnie Letson and Joe Cox are also on Bobo's staff -- that showed Bobo handling his business much like he did at UGA, including calling his own plays. A larger piece will follow later this week. It should be interesting reading.