Tag:Weight Room
Posted on: February 23, 2011 11:31 am
Edited on: February 23, 2011 11:35 am

Georgia donations consistent despite 2010 season

Posted by Chip Patterson

The 2010 season was not kind to the Georgia Bulldogs.  In the most winnable SEC East in recent memory, the Bulldogs finished their season with an embarrasing 10-6 Libery Bowl loss to Central Florida and a 6-7 record.  It was the program's first losing season in 14 years, and the worst season in Mark Richt's head coaching career.  Luckily, the slide has had little effect on the fundraising efforts for the athletic program.

The Athens Banner-Herald reported that as of midday Tuesday the Hartman Fund (the fundraising initiative tied to season ticket priority) had raised $22.4 million, just slightly less than $22.7 million from last season.  The deadline for donations was Febrauary 15.  While the total may be less, the number of donors actually increased from 13,705 to 14,002.  Athletic director Greg McGarrity called the numbers "encouraging."

“There was not an outcry of our supporters that were jumping ship,” McGarity said. “You’re certainly going to have a small percentage that say that we just don’t care to follow the team any further, we’re frustrated, blah, blah, blah. You’re going to have that with our economy as it is."

But there are plenty of reasons for Georgia fans to have faith in the Bulldogs turning 2010 around.  First would be the way they finished the regular season in 2010.  If you toss out the bowl game Georgia won 5 of their last 7 contests, and averaged 41.0 points per game in that stretch.  Aaron Murray grew comfortable with the starting position once the season got underway, though admittedly a lot of that could have had to do with A.J. Green being back in the lineup.  

Another reason that Georgia fans are not concerned with the state of the program is Richt's success on the recruiting trail.  Once again, Georgia's recruiting class ranks among the best in the nation, finishing at #6 nationally according to MaxPreps.com.  Richt battled for key recruits all the way to national signing day, and when touted running back Isiah Crowell had to make a decision: he reached out for the Bulldog(s).  Literally.

Georiga will also still be Georgia.  Despite the frustrating season, it is difficult to imagine a diehard fanbase like that jumping ship so quickly.  As long as the Dawgs are suiting up on Saturdays, there will be fans between the hedges to yell "Sic Em." 

Posted on: January 27, 2011 12:35 pm

New UGA strength coach promises improvement

Posted by Chip Patterson

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.
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