Joe Tereshinksi, the new strength and conditioning coach at Georgia, has a difficult task ahead of him in 2011. He must beef up a Georgia team that got shoved around in the trenches in 2010.
"The film doesn’t lie,” Tereshinski recently said in an interview for Macon.com. “I’m the video coordinator, I see every play. Yeah, we were not winning the line of scrimmage. And our goal now is we’re going to see how far we can develop these kids from their hips to their glutes to their quadriceps.”
The interview was conducted by Seth Emerson, who also runs Bulldogs Blog - a popular Georgia football website. Emerson took some pieces from the interview that he did not include in the story, and posted them on his website. One of those pieces included some statements about Georgia's strength set up. He did not necessarily blame the Bulldogs' poor conditions for their struggles, but he refused to ignore the connection.
Tereshinski says one factor that hasn’t gotten much notice is that because of construction, the team has been moved to a different weight room, and for the previous 18 months had been largely operating out of trailers. They didn’t have much room for equipment: No dip bars, no incline presses, and some other machines.
“Last year’s team was very limited, really because of the facility, of what they could get done," he said. "So we were very weak in our triceps. We were very weak in our upper chests. So what happens is now that we have our full weight room capacities we’re really going to be able to develop our bodies fully.
“That did affect this team. Because Georgia did not have anything that it was used to having. Now we have an unbelievable weight room, and we have everything we need.”
If Bulldogs fans are willing to accept less than standard facilities as an argument for their poor start, then they will have high expectations for a change at the start of 2011. But even with the construction, it is amazing to think that a program with the prestige of Georgia would ever be put in a position to have training facilities that are less advanced than a local YMCA. Surely someone in the athletic department could arrange some kind of deal with a local gym or high school to ensure that the Bulldogs are able to get the same strength training they would normally receive in their own facilities.