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Former Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo was introduced late last month as the new head coach at Colorado State.

Former Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo has been getting used to his new surroundings as the head coach at Colorado State, and his new responsibilities.

As the head of a program for the first time, Bobo is a bit busier on the media circuit. He was a guest earlier this week on "Press Row" on Chattanooga's ESPN 105.1 The Zone.

Q: You looked nervous in your introductory news conference. What was that moment like?

A: "It was a little bit nerve-racking. I was used to walking out and you guys asking questions, but at the end of the day I had to talk about the decision as to why I came to Colorado State. The more I got going, the more comfortable I became. It wasn't anything I was afraid of. It's just something I've got to learn to do."

Q: What has been the biggest culture shock so far?

A: "The weather would be the thing, because the people have been great and genuine. The food is awesome, but the snow out here has ruined two pairs of shoes."

Q: Was it difficult to watch Georgia in the Belk Bowl, and were you watching as a fan or a play-caller?

A: "I was trying not to be critical of anybody. I was enjoying every minute of watching those guys compete, and I was really proud of how they played and finished out the season. I was nervous more than anything, and it did hurt not being there."

Q: Do you have any background with Brian Schottenheimer, your replacement at Georgia?

A: "Brian and I have never met, so we don't really know each other on a personal level. I've watched a lot of his teams play when he was a coordinator in the NFL, and I remember when he was on 'Hard Knocks.' When he got the job, I reached out and got his cell-phone number to offer congratulations.

"I wanted to let him know that I was behind him, because Georgia is a special place to me and my family. Obviously I want him to do well."

Q: You've said that you want to recruit Colorado, California, Texas and Oklahoma, but would you come back to Georgia to recruit, or would that be too much on the budget?

A: "You're going to recruit your state and your surrounding states, because those are the players you've got the best chance of landing, but if there is interest from connections I might have or our staff might have from anywhere in the country, we will pursue them. Our starting right guard, Fred Zerblis, is from Gwinnett County and went to Grayson High School, so if there is an interest, we are going to recruit them.

"Now, we're not going to spend the whole month of May recruiting in Georgia. We will have to do more of that on the phone to see if there is a genuine interest."

Q: You're following Jim McElwain, who went 10-2. Is there some pressure replacing a guy who has raised the bar?

A: "That's one of the reasons I took the job. I believe they can win here, and I'm not coming into a situation where guys don't know what it takes to win. For anybody to win 10 games, they were doing something right, and that's not just the coaches but the players.

"As far as pressure, that's just the nature of the profession. There was pressure when I played quarterback, and there is pressure in calling plays, and if I didn't like or live for the pressure, then I wouldn't be in coaching. It may sound kind of weird, but I like the feeling of being in stressful situations."

Q: Georgia has strict policies on drugs and alcohol. You are now coaching in a state that has legalized recreational marijuana use. Obviously the NCAA has drug-related guidelines, but will you maintain similar rules to the ones you had at Georgia?

A: "We don't want guys on our football team or in this program or at this university who are going to abuse drugs, so we're going to have a strict policy. When parents send their young men here, we're going to make sure their kids are doing the right things on and off the field. Kids are going to make mistakes, and we're going to discipline them.

"As for suspensions, we're going to adhere to university policy. It's not permitted on campus, and it's not legal in the eyes of the NCAA."

Q: Turning to our rapid fire, who is Colorado State's biggest rival?

A: "Colorado, Wyoming and Air Force. We've got three of them."

Q: How many times have you called Mark Richt for advice?

A: "A couple of times. Two so far, to be exact."

Q: Is it true that you and Coach (Will) Friend and some other assistants are holed up right now and that's serving as mission control?

A: "Yes it is. Everybody is kind of looking for houses and trying to figure this out."

Q: You wore a baseball hat for years at Georgia. Have you switched to the toboggan, given the temperature?

A: "I just went for a walk outside and had a toboggan on my head. I'm going to have to wear something, because I don't have much hair. I've got to cover up the bald spots."

Q: Finally, have you gotten used to green?

A: "Oh, yes. Green is my favorite color. You can ask my kids, and they will tell you that their dad always wears green, and that's even when I was back in Athens."

Contact David Paschall at dpaschall@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6524.

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