Notebook: More strength & conditioning, NBA draft and Dooley on ‘Extreme Makeover’

Joe Tereshinski Jr. and AD Greg McGarity continue to restructure Georgia's strength and conditioning program. (Photo by

Joe Tereshinski Jr. and AD Greg McGarity continue to restructure Georgia's strength and conditioning program. (Photo by

Cleaning out the notebook . . .

Georgia’s strength and conditioning program was in the news again on Tuesday when it was announced that former Bulldog Tony Gilbert was hired as assistant director. Gilbert became the sixth football letterman to join the strength staff in some capacity since the end of last season. He joins director Joe Tereshinki Jr. (1974-76), full-time assistants John Kasay Sr. (1965-66) and Thomas Brown (2004-07), and Kendrell Bell (1999-2000) and Verron Haynes (2000-01) , NFL veterans who are helping out while they’re taking classes at UGA. (Keith Gray and Rex Bradberry, assistants under former director Dave Van Halanger, also remain on the staff.)

I constantly am being asked how Tereshinski and his staff may be training the Bulldogs differently than before. Tereshinski has declined interviews since spring practice began back in March and recently told me to give him “until sometime after the 4th of July” to answer my questions as the team is in the midst of summer workouts. But from what I can gather the training now is more condition-based at this point and will likely involve less Olympic-style weight-lifting in the future.

“We’re training for football,” Tereshinki told me without elaboration. “We’re training to win the fourth quarter.”

While the strength staff has expanded slightly under Tereshinski, it’s not as dramatic as it might appear. Gilbert’s position was actually created by combining two graduate assistant positions UGA had before, according to Athletic Director Greg McGarity.

And although he does help out some in the weightroom, Bradberry, a longtime assistant under Van Halanger, is actually considered a nutritionist in the restructure. Bradberry will be joined by two more full-time nutritionists — including a director — early next month. Also, Kasay’s position is part-time. He doesn’t have an office and is only on site when the players are running and lifting.

Obviously, Tereshinski is appealing to school pride as every hire he has made so far has brought in an alum. Gilbert, a former linebacker who played NFL ball for the Jacksonville Jaguars and Atlanta Falcons, was defensive captain for the Bulldogs’ 2002 SEC championship team.

He is, of course, a former All-SEC lineman from the 1970s who was a strength assistant under Kasay in the 1980s before taking over the Bulldogs’ video operations in the 1990s. All told he has been at UGA 37 years. Hopefully we’ll hear a little more from him later.

Leslie, Thompkins await NBA calls



Tomorrow night’s NBA draft promises to offer some high drama for Georgia basketball players Trey Thompkins and Travis Leslie. Both opted to enter the NBA draft after their junior seasons with the Bulldogs but neither appears to be a sure-fire, first-round selection. Columnist Mark Bradley reviewed all the pre-draft projections for Leslie and Thompkins (as well as Georgia Tech’s Iman Shumpert) and they’re both expected to go from the late first round to mid-second round.

I was able to interview Thompkins for a draft story that will run in Thursday’s paper — he said he was “a nervous train wreck” — but never was able to catch up with Leslie, who’s still traveling and working out for teams (I remain hopeful I’ll hear from him). In the meantime, I wasn’t able to fit in everything Thompkins told me, so here’s more of his thoughts:

  • On UGA: “I miss it. I definitely enjoyed my time at the University of Georgia. I made a lot of good relationships while I was there, made a lot of friends and I’m definitely close to the coaches. I’ll be going back to spend some time with them once I figure out what’s going on with this. I want to go back to thank them and spend a little time with them.”
  • On what he believes he demonstrated to teams during pre-draft workouts: “I feel like I’ve shown teams I can rebound the ball. My defense is going to get better and I can knock down open shots. My shooting ability is something that teams like a lot. I just want to be able to come in and contribute immediately.”
  • On where he’ll view the draft broadcast on ESPN: “I’m going to be at home with my family enjoying it. We’re going to have a few people over that I’ve been close to all my life. We’ll sit and watch it and see what happens. Hopefully whatever happens will be for the best.”
  • On where/when exactly he expects to be drafted: “To be honest with you I have no clue. I’m going to be just as shocked as everybody on draft night.”

Dooley joins ‘Extreme Makeover’ project

It looks like the ABC-TV show “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” is coming back to Georgia. A pep rally to raise volunteers to help Ty Pennington and his cast build a home in one week for an as-yet-unnamed family has been scheduled for June 30 at Morgan County High School in Madison.

What does that have to do with UGA? Well, legendary football coach and athletic director Vince Dooley has agreed to emcee the pep rally and lend his name and reputation to the project. According to a news release from Jackson-Spalding public relations firm, more than 1,000 volunteers are needed to help pull off the build, which will be executed by Pilot Builders and Smart Properties.

“I was excited to see ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’ was interested in working in our community,” Dooley said in the release. “I hope that everyone will come to the pep rally and find a way to give back and help a deserving family in the area.”

Several Northeast Georgia families were finalists for the project but the actual recipient is being kept secret by ABC at this point. The build is scheduled to begin on July 10.

ETC. . . .

Hope you’ve been reading Steve Hummer’s “Postcards from Honduras” and checking out the photo galleries therein. In the meantime, Georgia coach Mark Richt wrote his own blog about the mission trip that is posted on the school website, . . .

Georgia distance runner Bridget Lyons has been chosen as a 2011 recipient of an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. Lyons will receive a $7,500 Postgraduate Scholarship from the NCAA, which awards 87 to women and 87 to men annually. Overall, Georgia has 66 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipients. Lyons, who’s from Evans, graduated with a 3.88 GPA with degrees in Biology and Spanish. She was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society and the Alpha Epsilon Delta premedical honor society as well as being a Presidential Scholar at Georgia. Lyons was also a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the Delta Epsilon Iota academic honor society.

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June 22nd, 2011
5:06 pm


June 22nd, 2011
5:08 pm

Cobb Dawg

June 22nd, 2011
5:13 pm

Interesting that the S&C staff is proceeding with a specific goal in mind — winning the fourth quarter. We’ll see if it pays dividends, but I like the approach.


June 22nd, 2011
5:21 pm

Wow. First. Who woulda thunk it.

I am really amazed at the number of individuals involved with the S&C, hope they dont step on each other’s toes.


June 22nd, 2011
5:22 pm


June 22nd, 2011
5:37 pm

Mr. Dawg

June 22nd, 2011
5:43 pm

This is just speculation on my part. But unfortunately there aren’t any Bulldog players around who have won an SEC Championship and the handful left over from the 2007 Sugar Bowl Champs were red-shirts at the time. So having guys like Gilbert and Brown around who have Rings and are young enough to lead mentally as well as physically is a good call. As young men in their prime they can relate to the players and still jump on the weights and show them how the big boys do it.


June 22nd, 2011
5:45 pm

What is over/ under on the number of wells dug for poor people Richt’s Honduras trip?


June 22nd, 2011
5:46 pm

Re; strength program..I am reminded of a scene in the Dirty Dozen.

“They look pretty, General, but can they fight?


June 22nd, 2011
6:47 pm

This new approach on strength and conditioning and the team’s re-newed focus to get in shape and win the 4th quarter will hopefully pay hugh dividends this season.

We’ll certainly just have to wait and see, but I’m hopeful that when the clock ticks down to 0:00 in the 4th quarter of the South Carolina game, this team will show that they’ve put in the work necessary to get them through the extreme heat they’ll face that day and win all four quarters of play.

I’m proud of our team’s and coach’s efforts to see that we are bigger, faster, stronger, better conditioned, and ready to play. .. Go Dawgs!

old time dog

June 22nd, 2011
7:15 pm

The s&c sounds fine to me. Players in top shape hopefully to come out ahead in games should be a priority, especially with other schools with the same mindset. We will see along with the other changes if this team is ready. I like the way things are reported to be headed.

Delbert D.

June 22nd, 2011
7:55 pm

It might work. More like Marines rather than sumo wrestlers.


June 22nd, 2011
8:00 pm

Those dawgs will do good.Look out b-state and SC.

It Ain't Rocket Science

June 22nd, 2011
8:03 pm

These former players will serve not only to get these guys into shape, but will be mentors to these young guys as well. I like the approach of getting into football shape and still being there in the fourth quarter as well. From what I can read, it appears that the vast majority of these player have bought into the program and I think it is an extremely positive step in the right direction for UGA.



June 22nd, 2011
8:08 pm

Love the fact that these Dawgs are giving back in a way that can make a real difference.


June 22nd, 2011
8:37 pm

Did Joe train under Mrvos? If he did, he will have them in the best shape of their lives. Remember Moonpie Wilson and Joel Parish (not sure that is correct name), two all SEC linemen on the same team who opened huge wholes for the RB’s.

Paul in RDU

June 22nd, 2011
8:57 pm

I am not trying to be a hater, but does anyone but me think that hiring nobody but alumni is not a good thing? Most successful organizations have people with a variety of backgrounds and attitudes. Just having groupthink can lead to issues.


June 22nd, 2011
9:02 pm

Damn HunkerDown!

Coastal Dawg

June 22nd, 2011
11:26 pm

Joe T will give it his all. There is no one better for the job. He is all GEORGIA, heart and soul.

Having said that, I will wait expectantly for results, but am not drinking the KoolAid until I see it. Other schools have top athletes and coaches/players that want to win. Sometimes we discount that fact.

Let’s dispense with the hype and get the job done. Let the culmination of these efforts speak for themselves.


June 23rd, 2011
7:44 am

If the new strength and conditioninig team instills the spirit and winning attitude of Thomas Brown have no fear!!!


June 23rd, 2011
8:57 am

These blogs sure are quiet this year. No arrest or bad reports and taking all positive steps. One foot in front of the other toward Boise St. Go DAWGS! GATA!


June 23rd, 2011
9:21 am

Sounds good, and from the players I’ve seen looks good as well. Seen some guys that look bigger and stronger from last year. I was one of the ones that was doubting the hire of Joe T as S&C coach, but I have to say good call so far. I was wrong. As far as hiring the Explayers it can be good in alot of ways. Players that got it done and have the rings, and the NFL resume, can be good role models. I’m just waiting to see how the players look in the fourth qtr, and ALSO in OT. That UF game our players looked tired, very beat down and drained. That lack of conditioning, to me, is why that game was lost. I’m still more worried about the O line, and the running game. But we’ll see!! GO DAWGS!!!!


June 23rd, 2011
10:05 am

Interesting thought by Joe T, former Video Editor. Not bringing on anyone with former S & C experience?????

There arn’t any exercises you can do to “win the 4th quarter”. That’s more about strategy by coaches, and execution by players, not about muscle.

Meyer brought in the Big Package line to try and stop Alabama.

Didn’t work.

Wworks is coaches planning right for plays, and players making plays. Not about muscleman.


June 23rd, 2011
10:08 am

Paul in RDU…I totally agree, while I love the fact we do hire alum, I feel there is greater benefit hiring outside the program, just to get fresh attitudes and ideas. When we hired our new OL coach, the only thing I wished for was someone from outside the program. On a similar note, I believe Bobo is an ok OC, i believe if he left the program to tutor under another HC with a differing offensive philosophy he could be a great OC.

Asleep at the wheel

June 23rd, 2011
10:25 am

It will take the S & C a couple of years to show significant improvement. Mark Richts buddy Van Halanger rested on his past laurels and the program slid to mid tier form of the SEC. Spurrier came in at South Carolina and changed the S & C culture and it took a while. South Carolina has now surpassed UGA and it will take some time for UGA to bounce back. Too bad Mark Richt wont be around to see the improvements because he was asleep at the the wheel for the last 4 years.

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June 23rd, 2011
11:35 am

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June 23rd, 2011
12:29 pm

Joe T Jr can sure use those Video Editing experiences to get the team in condition this year.



June 23rd, 2011
1:41 pm

@Asleep at the wheel really I’m betting it takes UGA until about Sept 10th to “catch up” with USCe .


June 23rd, 2011
2:22 pm

Strength and conditioning is a “want to” thing. It will depend on the inner drive of the player involved. The same can be said for coaching, I do not have one concern at all about Joe T. I have met him, he is a winner. He is a true beliver along the lines of Joe Kines. Players will listen, he will “compel” them to. In the end, they will want to. Best move made for the program since Dooley left.

It Ain't Rocket Science

June 23rd, 2011
4:29 pm


Never played football I take it. You don’t need muscle men to play you say. Man, I would bet if you had ever played football, especially on the line, and had to figure out how to move a man that outweighs you by 50 pounds, you would think differently. Ask the Lattimore kid from S.C. if his putting on the muscle that he has will help him. No matter how good you are, if you can’t power your way through folks on occasion, you can’t win the football game. No amount of play calling compensates for lack of physical gifts, and they all involve to a certain extent, muscle.


June 23rd, 2011
9:26 pm

@Douglas, hey, I think it’s Moonpie Wilson and Cowboy Joel Parrish, and those were some country strong dudes, they played OL with a DL attitude. I like what I read about Coach T. I miss Erk Russell.


June 24th, 2011
12:58 pm

Not bringing in somebody with S&C experience?? Ignoring the 28 yrs of being the assistant S&C coach at Georgia, under several different coaches/styles, you mean? His very first job in the business WAS S&C and O-line coach. 3 decades not enough experience for you?


June 24th, 2011
1:05 pm


I’m afraid you’re wasting your time making logical comments to the naysayers. Just wait until the season is over and we will see if they jump on the bandwagon.


June 24th, 2011
1:14 pm

Keep trash talking the DAWGS! We have filled the gaps and America will see that we are BACK. The JUNKYARD is going to be dangerous. 8 out 12 played in the home state, no frosh QB, O-line avg. 337lbs w/ 274lbs fb, great TE, very solid RB core, lightening fast WR’s, Sick LB’s, shut down CB’s, 3 man 1,000lbs d-line. Bring it and good luck.

Spike 80DF

June 24th, 2011
1:48 pm

agreed MarineDog, the UGA flags will be selling like hotcakes at Wal-Mart after we dominate the tater tots and beat USCe at home. the bandwagon will be full speed ahead for some of the so-called Dawg fans.


June 24th, 2011
1:56 pm

The darn thing is they DID have modern olympic style specialists running it for years. They DID have the guy with all the pedigrees. They DID visit other schools. They DID expand the facilities. That all worked fine till it didn’t. Folks act like somebody just thought of getting into shape this past December.

This move was more about waking some folks up, and If we know anything about about JoeT, he DOES get thier attention. Obviously they could have hired pretty much anyone they wanted to. I don’t think that was the point.

I like the idea that they are talking about WHY they are there. I couldn’t care less if they were working out with milkjugs filled with sand.

And why does anyone assume JoeT doesn’t get the latest copy of “Modern Training” magazine?

It Ain't Rocket Science

June 24th, 2011
3:29 pm

It would appear that most of the pre-season publications have UGA’s defense as ranked pretty low and do not even mention as all SEC, our big boys on the front line. I think it is good that they can stay below the radar when it comes to most of the experts who put out these polls. I hope that UGA stays under all the polls, so that when the axe falls, they can run over each other back tracking. The accolades and rewards will come for the team as a whole.


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old time dog

June 25th, 2011
1:01 pm

Inner strength that Coach T brings will be important just like the physical strength and conditioning. May be that this year we will bring it more than the opposing teams. Being fired up and staying focused certainly won’t hurt. Good luck to the Dawg players and play ‘em tough all season.


June 25th, 2011
10:17 pm

It is hard to believe our S and C program was that terrible over the past decade. Who are we bringing in to teach technique and discipline. LEADERSHIP!!!!!!!!


June 25th, 2011
10:18 pm

We need to run the ball in the SEC. It starts on the line!!’


June 26th, 2011
9:51 am




June 27th, 2011
2:11 am

Our weight and NUTRITION PROGRAM are on FIRE! Wait to you all see the new strength and muscle baby!