Monday, June 18, 2012
Strength and conditioning overhaul
As the Senator noted, Tereshinski went under the radar to work on rounding out his S&C staff. With Keith Gray, Thomas Brown, and Tony Gilbert taking jobs elsewhere, we had 3 spaces to fill. We added a long time S&C guy who ran Penn St's program for years (although to be honest, I was never impressed with their athleticism, but I haven't watched them much either). He brings experience. Then we add Sherman Armstrong, a speed expert, and we've lacked exactly what he brings to the table. The old Bear Bryant quote about his teams being "mobile, agile, and hostile", well, we only had the hostile part last year, so Armstrong is here to do something about being mobile and agile. Now, we've added Lovett from the Broncos. He's made a fast climb up the S&C career ladder, from a high school program (and in Colorado no less, I could have seen something like that in Texas where they are nuts, but what high school has an S&C guy, or the funding for a S&C program? Damn) to UTEp for a short time, and then the Broncos the last couple years. A fast riser like Lovett seems like a pretty intriguing selection, and the NFL background certainly doesn't hurt. So, after letting S&C bog down to become a serious problem, Mark Richt and Joe Tereshinski have done what, on paper, looks like a great job overhauling that area and bringing in a wide variety of experts that can address specific needs. We admit, we were skeptical about the reshuffling that led to Coach T taking this spot. But it looks pretty shrewd right now. Of course, the proof will be in the pudding when they take the field, so we've got at least a year, if not two, before seeing whether or not these were good or bad hires. But an NFL guy, a speed expert, and some experience sounds like a great start.