COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCSC) - Just days after his new contract was approved by the South Carolina Board of Trustees, Mike Bobo has left the Gamecocks to take the offensive coordinator position at Auburn.
New Tigers head coach Bryan Harsin made the hiring official on Thursday afternoon.
“I have a great amount of respect for Coach Harsin, both as a coach and as a person,” Bobo said in a statement. “I competed against him for five years as a head coach and we’ve talked ball on numerous occasions over the years. I know what he’s about and his commitment to excellence. I know that Auburn is a great community with a tremendous passion for and commitment to Auburn football. I’m excited to get started and look forward to helping Coach Harsin compete for championships.”
“I’ve wanted to work with Mike now for quite some time as he compliments the many things we want to do with our offense,” Harsin said. “We are going to be very versatile in what we do and Mike’s offensive background speaks for itself. I’m really excited to combine forces with Mike as we create the Auburn offense, a high-powered, attacking and physical unit that will come at you in many ways.”
South Carolina’s BOT had agreed to a new deal with Bobo that had him signed with the school through the 2022 season for $1.2 million per year.
It’s been reported that South Carolina offensive line coach Will Friend, who was just hired by the school from Tennessee, will be following Bobo to Auburn as well.
Bobo spent 1 year as the Gamecocks offensive coordinator and also served as the teams interim head coach after Will Muschamp was fired in November. The team went 0-3 with Bobo at the helm.