Bobo elects to stay in Athens

Mark Richt received what could be called the best news of the 2013 recruiting cycle last week when junior quarterback Aaron Murray decided to return for his senior season instead of declaring for the NFL draft. That was not the only good news Richt received last week.

Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo also turned down an offer to become the offensive coordinator at Virginia Tech, according to ESPN’s Mark Schlabach. A plane was sent by Virginia Tech to Ben Epps Airport in Athens, Ga., to pick Bobo up for a meeting in Blacksburg, Va. Bobo never got on the plane.

According to Schlabach’s sources, Bobo was head coach Frank Beamer’s first choice to replace offensive coordinator and tight ends coach Bryan Stinespring. Bobo has known Beamer for years and is close friends with Shane Beamer, the associate head coach of the Hokies and Frank Beamer’s son.

Stinespring is still on the Virginia Tech staff, but the Hokies’ scoring offense was ranked No. 81 in the nation last season. The Hokies finished at 7-6 with a 4-4 ACC record.

Bobo and Murray combined to lead the Georgia to its highest offensive output in school history as the Bulldogs averaged 37.79 points per game. Bobo’s contract expires this summer, but athletic director Greg McGarity indicated that the contract was under review now.

“Coach Richt and I have conversations at the appropriate time regarding his entire staff and those talks are ongoing as we speak,” McGarity said.

McGarity would not say if Bobo was in line to get a multi-year deal. So far only defensive coordinator Todd Grantham is the only assistant coach with a multi-year contract.