Georgia Bulldogs: Mark Schlabach

Video: National player of the week

September, 9, 2013

Mark Schlabach picks Aaron Murray for his five-star player of the week after the Georgia quarterback threw four TDs in the Bulldogs' win over South Carolina.

Outside The Hashmarks: Kolton Houston

July, 29, 2013
Mark Schlabach praises Kolton Houston for his fight to get back to the field and Georgia for sticking with the scholarship offer.

Bobo elects to stay in Athens

January, 12, 2013
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.

Bulldogs plan to remain among elite 

January, 11, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. -- As Mark Richt turns the page from one season to the next, Georgia’s coach insists that his expectations will not change this fall.

The Bulldogs lose 12 key defensive players from a team that finished fifth in the final Associated Press poll and fourth in the USA Today Coaches Poll -- the third-best finish for a Richt-coached Georgia team in both polls -- but Richt said he still expects his team to rank among the national elite.

“We plan on being that. We hope to be that. We’ve got to earn that,” Richt said Thursday afternoon on his season-wrapup teleconference.

Painful past motivates UGA's Jarvis Jones

September, 26, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. -- When speaking to Jarvis Jones for any length of time, the first thing than becomes readily evident is that he has certain goals and nothing will stop him from achieving them. Jones speaks in absolutes, and his certainty inspires those around him. His genial nature wins over teammates, fans and even cynical reporters. The second characteristic that is evident when talking to him is that he is quite philosophical. For someone who plays so violently on Saturdays, he speaks softly and deeply about football and life in general.

But he wasn’t always that way.

ESPN’s Mark Schlabach sat down with Jones last week in what was supposed to be a 15-minute interview. More than an hour later, Schlabach emerged with the story of a young man who blamed himself for the murder of his older brother, Darcell Kitchens. Jones, of course, had nothing to do with it -- but such tragedy is hard for a 15-year-old boy to accept, especially since Kitchens was Jones’ best friend.

For more about Jones’ journey and his destination read Schlabach's full story here.

Also, be sure to watch DawgNation's interview with Jones last night about the Heisman hype and predicting snap counts here, as well as ESPN football analyst Todd McShay's Heisman prediction for the Georgia Bulldog.


Peach State: Top Tier Recruiting Ground?
California, Florida and Texas are largely considered the "Big Three" in college football recruiting. But national recruiting analyst Gerry Hamilton joins ESPN's Phil Murphy to explain why Georgia deserves to be in the top tier and has numbers to prove it.