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.
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