Is it good news that Tereshinski prompts Dogs’ player to quit?

Joe Tereshinski

Joe Tereshinski

Having already fired several position coaches in recent years, Georgia coach Mark Richt opted to change his program’s strength and conditioning staff after last season, promoting Joe Tereshinski and demoting Dave Van Hallanger.

It figured Tereshinski’s decision to go in a different direction might upset some players. The methods apparently irritated freshman tackle Brent Benedict so much that he quit the team and plans to transfer to Virginia Tech.

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The question: Is this good news or bad news?

The question has little to do with Benedict. We have no idea what kind of player he will to turn out to be (although the fact several major programs recruited him says something). This is more about Tereshinski and whether it should be considered a good sign that the new strength coach is getting under the skin of players.

If you missed Benedict’s Q-and-A with our Chip Towers, he acknowledged that “ personal issues” led to his decision, adding that, “It just seemed like it was something we weren’t able to resolve. I talked to coach Richt about it and we both felt it was best for us to go our separate ways.”

When asked about Tereshinski, Benedict said: “[He] 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.”

Georgia’s strength program has come under criticism before. So the fact that Tereshinski wants to change some things in itself can’t be criticized. But it would be premature to conclude that things are headed in the right direction until after we see results in games. There’s also the question as to how much blame/credit should be assigned to the strength coach as opposed to the head coach.

So I’m going to be neutral on this, but I’ll put it to you: Do view it as a good sign that Tereshinski is shaking things up, or do you reserve judgement for now. There’s also a poll up.

By Jeff Schultz

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239 comments Add your comment

Good Riddance

July 13th, 2011
11:22 am

The days of being a “finesse” team are hopefully long gone. I don’t want a player who will leave anytime there is a conflict. Can you imagine a player like that in the huddle? Coach “T” may be old school, but a different mentality regarding strength and conditioning is welcomed. UGA=2011 SEC East Champions!

Fish Bisch

July 13th, 2011
11:24 am

Chi Town

July 13th, 2011
11:27 am

Saban made his as* quit.

Vinny D

July 13th, 2011
11:29 am

Ask a few of my athletes and clients if I get under their skin. Ya damn right I will. However, taking them to the side at the right time and calmly explaining science behind what you are doing and how it is helping them is always a good idea. Van Halenger was prepping the players for a weight lifting meet, not a football game. Two different things. They could bench press 500 lbs but could they move and then transfer force from their feet through their arms into another player? Also, can they do that in the heat for an entire football game? Last year the answer was no. Van Halenger was well known to be a bit hard headed in the S & C community and stuck with his guns.Thats great when ya have Warrick Dunns and Peter Warricks…

Erk

July 13th, 2011
11:29 am

bout time, slobberknocker! Go Dawgs

SouthSide Dawg

July 13th, 2011
11:30 am

What do you think of UGA’s 2012 Schedule? Boring Home Games? McGarrity’s impact? Here it is:
Buffalo (Sept 1)
@So Carolina (Sept 8)
Florida Atlantic (Sept. 15)
Vanderbilt (Sept. 22)
Tennessee (Sept. 29)
@Alabama (Oct. 6)
@Kentucky (Oct. 13)
Bye (Oct. 20)
@Florida (Oct 27)
Ole Miss (Nov. 3)
@Auburn (Nov. 10)
Georgia Southern (Nov. 17)
Georgia Tech (Nov. 24)

just a fan

July 13th, 2011
11:35 am

It’s too early to tell with just one player who was rehabbing from major knee surgery.

RDUCK

July 13th, 2011
11:36 am

I’m a Tech fan but I also read up on our rival prpogram. There seems to have been a few too many high profile players come into UGA recently who felt entitled to their position on the team. That can also be said of some of the elder Tech players last year from all I have heard. Getting the weeds out of the yard should help the grass grow greener. Now if he is pushing the guys over the limit (which I don’t think is the case thus far with only a couple of players complaining) then there could easily be a problem. Bigger, faster, stronger wins games in the 4th quarter. Youy don’t have to be a UGA fan to see that they struggled late in games the past couple of years…

Nice Interview...

July 13th, 2011
11:36 am

Classy answers from the young man. As always, sounds like things were handled with class by Richt and Mac.

Wish him the best…Hate to lose him in the long run, but his loss won’t affect the line situation this season. He was still experiencing nerve damage, and had periods of “drop foot”. He’s still got a tough road ahead of him, but he’ll get a good education regardless of his future in football.

Red Stick (formerly Jumbeauxtiger)

July 13th, 2011
11:36 am

@SouthSide Dawg

If I was an UGA fan I wouldn’t be happy about that out of conference schedule.

Fair and Balanced

July 13th, 2011
11:37 am

Change is always difficult at first. When change means winning more games then it is easier to follow the leader. Th jury is still out on this one but there is certainly a need for change at Ga and if this change means going back to “old school”, Its gotta be a good thing. Old school to me means that the coach is the boss and if you have a different opinion, keep it to yourself or get lost. I for one am tired of these whiners! I’m tired of these transfers but Im more tired of the implication that Richt can’t keep it together. When you sign up – you gave your word to play at Ga. This could be a case of Ga telling these guys who is boss and if you don’t like it – hit the road Jack! Good!

DOUBLE G

July 13th, 2011
11:38 am

It’s usually never good news when a player quits. It’s good news that Tereshinski has shaken things up, though.

You’re a newsie, Jeff. You ask simple questions that offer the opportunity for controversial answers.

Brendan

July 13th, 2011
11:38 am

Coaches coach. Players play. And Managers/Athletic Directors manage. That’s that reality. People who don’t like it … can switch schools and hope that it somehow runs differently elsewhere.

SouthSide Dawg

July 13th, 2011
11:40 am

As an investor (oops, I mean Season Ticket Holder), I’m seeing some real snoozers between the hedges next year. Buffalo, Florida Atlantic, AND Ga Southern all in the same year?!? Really?

icallbs

July 13th, 2011
11:41 am

Structure and discipline have clearly been missing in Georgia football for several years. It started with the top with Evans, which is quite clear in hindsight. The best thing to happen to the Georgia football program since Herschel Walker was Evan’s implosion.

McGarity has come in and now we are going to get results. I hope Richt can pull it off, but I am more confident than I have been in way too many years that this program is on the right path.

I don’t know much about strength and conditioning except it is important and change was needed.Tereshinski can’t be worse. We’ll see the results on the field soon enough. The coaches from the top down are clearly on alert that results are expected. That is a really, really good thing.

The intermediate to long term prospects of the football program have never been brighter. If they have a good year coming up it is icing on the cake.

RabidDawgFan

July 13th, 2011
11:45 am

If they don’t want to work, then they don’t want to win. Simple as that.

Bama in Atlanta

July 13th, 2011
11:46 am

Richt brought in a new S&C coach because Van Hallanger wasn’t getting the job done so obviously the methods needed changing. Whether or not Joe T has the right method or not will play out in time but Richt has to stand by his new coach otherwise it just makes Richt look foolish and wishy-washy. Bottom line is that, as a head coach, you support your coaches until they give you a reason not to…….which begs the question “Why is Bobo still the OC??”

goldwreck

July 13th, 2011
11:47 am

If he’s going to quit,it’s better for UGA that he quit now than when
he’s in the heat of a game.What is the old saying? “When the going gets
tough,the tough get going.” Sometimes it’s easier to quit and have people wonder about what could have been than to not.He may have known
that he was getting left behind before the coaches were able to realize it.

Cobb Dawg

July 13th, 2011
11:48 am

It wasn’t clear from Chip’s article whether Benedict had a problem with Tereshinski’s method as a matter of principle, or whether it was more specific to his own situation (e.g., how much strain he thought his reconstructed knee could handle). If it’s the latter, then I wouldn’t be too concerned — it’s not something that is likely to be representative of how the other players feel. If Tereshinski is in fact “getting under the skin” of the other players, I would think that could be a good thing — 19-year-olds (I am the father of one, so I speak from a position of experience) typically don’t want to work any harder than they have to and will initially balk at any level of difficulty they’re not previously accustomed to. I say give the team as a whole at least one preseason to make the adjustment to the Tereshinski method — if it helps them win games this fall, they’ll fall in line.

anotherdawg

July 13th, 2011
11:48 am

@ Southside Dawg

Theres alot of tough SEC away games there, but I do like the bye week before Fla.

Jeff

July 13th, 2011
11:49 am

This is not only GOOD news….it is GREAT news……finally- the place isnt run by the players. That’s been the problem…the coaches are the ones in charge. This guy is nothing more than a big crybaby…..what happens at VT when Coach Beamer does something he doesnt like…..what a jerk!

Charlies Hayes

July 13th, 2011
11:49 am

We knew with the change that attrition would occur. We just hoped that it wouldn’t be on the O-Line. Ealey also left because of the intense work ethic that Joe-T was forcing upon them. I like Joe-T a lot and feel that he will strengthen this team back to the shape they need to dominate the SEC. We have been getting beat in the trenches the past few years and in the fourth quarter. Now, hopefully Joe-T will get these guys in shape to dominate. “Sometimes you just gotta cut a man loose coach” comes to mind……

Shoutout to John, Avery, Alex, Vandal and Joe. We are waiting on YOU!

Joe Harris, OG, 4-Star, 6′4″, 285
Vandal Alexander, OG, 4-Star, 6′6″, 310
Alex Jauregui, OT, 3-Star, 6′7″, 275
Avery Young, OT, 5-Star, 6′5″, 270
John Theus, OT, 5-Star, 6′6″, 292

I respect Brent Benedict a lot for not signing with the Gators, Gamecocks or Tigers. He has also showed class that he doesnt want to impact our competitors with this move. Good luck Brent at VT. Go Dawgs!

JT

July 13th, 2011
11:51 am

Time will tell. But, the guy you removed from the S&C Coach position was pretty experienced and well recognized in his field. The guy you replaced him with would probably not be hired as a S&C coach anywhere EXCEPT for UGA because he has no real creditials.

Spanky

July 13th, 2011
11:51 am

Hey Southside, even though I agree with you, one or two were substitutions. From my understanding, bigger teams were slated for those dates (Michigan?..someone chime in..), but they couldn’t ink them in time.

FSURob

July 13th, 2011
11:51 am

Considering UGA got manhandled by UCF in the Liberty Bowl, hard to think that any change is a bad thing.

Charlies Hayes

July 13th, 2011
11:51 am

We knew with the change that attrition would occur. We just hoped that it wouldn’t be on the O-Line. Ealey also left because of the intense work ethic that Joe-T was forcing upon them. I like Joe-T a lot and feel that he will strengthen this team back to the shape they need to dominate the SEC. We have been getting beat in the trenches the past few years and in the fourth quarter. Now, hopefully Joe-T will get these guys in shape to dominate. Weed out the weak and bring in the talented hungry new guys to take this program in the right direction! “Sometimes you just gotta cut a man loose coach”.

wiseoldawg

July 13th, 2011
11:52 am

It seems that Coach T’s approach is to not only make the players strongly physically but mentally as well. Therein may lie the reason for Benedict’s departure, and if that is the case then it will be no great loss in the long run.

Heath

July 13th, 2011
11:52 am

I remember last year about this time when the UGA staff was talking about how they weren’t having contact drills because, apparently, they thought the SEC was the lingerie league. We all saw how that turned out. Maybe this IS a good sign.

wiseoldawg

July 13th, 2011
11:52 am

stronger not strongly

VinnyD

July 13th, 2011
11:54 am

One of the things we keep failing to bring up is the change in focus on NUTRITION!!! Joe T is apparently placing a large emphasis on this issue. Kids eat garbage. Garbage doesn’t fuel you well, particularly in the 4th quarter. As a UGA fan, I am quite excited to hear this news. This part of the program is more important than coaches understand. I am assuming he was tired of seeing guys putting on weight with sodas and Mickey Ds…

Vance Duly

July 13th, 2011
11:56 am

The change in S&C was necessary – in the last few years there was a lack of accountability (players showing up late for workouts, etc.). People within the S&C field (at least one who worked with another UGA sports program) stated that the football team’s S&C was inadequate and had fallen behind the times compared to what other schools were doing. The one person I’m referring to even predicted how injury-riddled the team would be back in 2008 due to its S&C. So, change was needed.

If I were a player and felt that my knee might be damaged from the workout/rehab regimen, I would ask for something different. A good coach would understand that rehab situations require a different approach. Hopefully, Joe T is not so “old school” and unconcerned about the players that he would be that stubborn. IF Joe T is a reasonable person, maybe it’s best that Benedict went somewhere where he felt comfortable. IF Joe T is UNreasonable, we’re going to have recurrences of this problem. Benedict’s knee injury was not a routine one. His injury was very severe and complex.

I am fired up about the idea of our team NOT collapsing in the 4th quarter. I just hope Joe T is wise enough to make adjustments to individual workout regimens when it’s in the best interest of the player and the team…… GO DAWGS!

SouthSide Dawg

July 13th, 2011
11:58 am

Yeah you’re right about that VinnyD. Nutrition is rarely mentioned and my understanding is that the whole food-intake-tracking thing is big this offseason for UGA.

Cletus

July 13th, 2011
11:58 am

Doesn’t sound good to me when a program keeps running off players. If Virginia Tech was willing to take this guy, that tells me he must be talented. Georgia’s loss.

NJ Dawg

July 13th, 2011
12:00 pm

I don’t know Benedict and the particulars of his situation, and given how carefully he minced his words, that information clearly isn’t meant to get out anyway. So I won’t question his character.

That said, the NCAA’s big sports–football and basketball–are full of athletes with a sense of entitlement, and early indications suggest Tereshinski is making sure that, in the weight room at least, players have to EARN their scholarships and their place in the starting lineup. Good.

SouthSide Dawg

July 13th, 2011
12:02 pm

Well that may or may not be true, Cletus. We don’t know what the severity of the injury is. Although, I think about how we picked up Jarvis Jones from USC who was saying that he wasn’t healthy enough to play. We’re really high on Jones at LB this upcoming season.

Richt`s Hammer

July 13th, 2011
12:04 pm

It`s the krispy kreme`s that made him quit. Choakdawg would not share.

Oh My what a beatdown Boise State will put on us.

SouthSide Dawg

July 13th, 2011
12:05 pm

Boise State ought not look past UGA’s Defense, Hammer.

heartofdarkness

July 13th, 2011
12:07 pm

Thank heavens for women’s soccer.

Mike

July 13th, 2011
12:08 pm

I’m glad to see Richt support his coach. Either Benedict felt the rehab was too aggresive, not aggresive enough, could hurt his leg in the long run, would not allow him to play soon enough or would force him to play too soon. That’s Coach T’s decision. The kid should have gone to a doctor outside the university for a second opinion of the knee and as to the rehab treatment before making the decision to leave. UGA had a lot invested in this kid for him just to walk away.

Dawglasville

July 13th, 2011
12:08 pm

RDUCK – Your are 100% correct. I hope as you navigate your way through the Bulldawg blog you continue to have smooth sailing.

Randall "Pink" Floyd

July 13th, 2011
12:14 pm

The answer is obviously that it’s too early to tell.

3 + 4 = 0

July 13th, 2011
12:26 pm

It’s an abboration … kids quit all the time and it is just the DAWG fans who feel jilted … they are very insecure of their position in life.

Pat

July 13th, 2011
12:26 pm

No other players are quitting because of Coach T so…

This is the classic situation where the player said “he knows his body” and shouldn’t do some of the drills Coach T was asking him to do while still recovering from injury.

Grammar Queens..

July 13th, 2011
12:30 pm

Last time I checked TEAM still was spelled with an I in it. So The Benedict move looks more in the lines of another Benedict we all know of, Benedict Arnold. Give Joe T time and let him see what he can do.

T'ville Dawg

July 13th, 2011
12:39 pm

BUFFALO??? Give those New York boys a dose of GA Sept heat and humidity. Shades of Oregon State.

Mobile Dawg

July 13th, 2011
12:43 pm

Blame? Where do you come with blame? Some of you liberal, whiney, you know what’s forget that in todays world, when you work for someone, you do what they say, if you disagree, go elsewhere. We’re still free (for the time being) and make decisions based on what’s best for us. And yes, IMO, that liberal stamp fits squarely on your forehead Jeff.

me

July 13th, 2011
12:43 pm

When will UGA fans wake-up and realize the problem with our program is MARK RICHT. Willard Martini, Mike Bozo and the former crippled Strength and Conditioning coach should all have been fired long ago. Richt doesn’t have what it takes to lead this program to a National Championship. Richt lost his program, he lost his team and once you lose it, you never get it back.

Native to the ATL

July 13th, 2011
12:52 pm

All that needs to be said is look at O’Learys teams here at Tech, and at C. Fla. (yuk yuk yuk). we outmuscled ya every game while the Irishman was here. this is football. If the guy is soft, f em. I remember one time O’Leary had a boy call his momma and his momma went to the press about how hard practice was. Better you Dawgies find out now that benedict is/was soft rather than crunch time of a SEC game.

Dirty Dawg

July 13th, 2011
12:54 pm

Seems to me that the ‘deal’ was that Joe T has been charged with getting these kids ready to be better than they have been…and that includes needing to find out if the kid’s, that they recruited several years ago, knee had sufficiently recovered for him to contribute. If not then I suspect they figured it was time for him to ‘move on’. I mean, if a knee can’t hold up after two years, then when will it? There is a limit on ‘mercy’ scholarships after all.

I don’t know much about what an O-lineman needs to have but it would seem that the lower body – i.e., the legs, which it was reported earlier that Joe T was making sure the OL guys were stronger in, are critical to driving off the ball and moving anybody…plus upper-body and quick feet being critical for both run and pass blocking. If the guy’s not strong enough to whip the guy in front of him, regardless of which way they need to be moved, then he can’t contribute.

This way he ‘buys’ himself another year before he’s got to prove anything to anybody.

HOP

July 13th, 2011
12:55 pm

I am somewhat concern that the kid tried,by coach richt could not pull it off.

coach richt is a wonderful person ,but i am afraid he is not able to get to some
common round with his staff and players.

we have seen problems with the football program that was very clear to
layman among us,but for coach richt it took too much time
to make the decision that change was needed.

I am also concern that too many people both in the administration and the “BIG MONEY”group are

less likelyto move on a coaching change,if one is needed the money still flowing into the
athletic department in record amounts. thus– why make any change when the money continues
to pour into the coffers.

this year is going to be a reflection on the effectiveness of oach richt as a head coach.

so far, I am not feeling good about our prospects for this season.