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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

So is this a good sign or bad sign?

Leather Helmet has been on this all along, but the AJC's Q&A with Brent Benedict poses an important question. Is the new demand for player's to do things as the coaches want a sign that the complacency and problems that have been plaguing this program are being fixed? Or is it a sign, as many suggested when Coach Tereshinski was put in to a position his resume wasn't exactly qualified for, that our S&C program is still not up to snuff to get this program to an elite level?

Q: I understand this mainly had to do with not seeing eye-to-eye with new strength and conditioning coach Joe Tereshinki about training techniques with respect to your injury. I know he’s employing some old-school philosophies with a lot of lower-body work. Is that what this was about?

A: “Coach Tereshinski came in and he has his own philosophy and he and the coaching staff believe that it’s going to work and there’s no reason not to believe that. So, there were a few things going on and I wasn’t able to resolve that. Of course I hope Georgia does well, extremely well. I’ve told all my buddies back there I wish them the best of luck and I really believe it will be successful.”

At first glance, the quote sounds good. A player wasn't willing to get on board with the new responsibilities, and is cut loose. It's something we said would be a great sign for much needed improvements coming in to the summer. Then again, Chip Towers' allusion to "old school philosophies" brings to mind the previous S&C staff's focus on bench press numbers and crack-inspired fantasy 40 times.

The idea that Coach T was actually going to demand accountability from the players was a welcome change. But strength and conditioning has become a well studied science over the years, and does a former video coordinator (among various other duties he's had within the program for 30 years or so) have the knowledge needed to get our athletes performing at the level they need to be at to win. We know he can make the kids work harder, but can he make them bigger, stronger, faster, quicker, more explosive, more flexible, and less prone to injury? Was Benedict's problem that he wasn't willing to fall in line with the heightened demands the staff is placing on the players, or was he unwilling to resort to outdated techniques after working off campus this summer with people widely regarded among the best in the S&C business?

1 comment:

  1. I only have one persons opinion to go on. But in a conversation I had earlier this year with a former Georgia player who played professionally (started over 100 games), he was of the opinion that coach T was precisely the wrong guy.