John Kasay steps back into retirement as UGA reduces strength staff

ATHENS — John Kasay has slipped back into retirement.

Kasay, 68, came out of retirement a year ago to assist new strength and conditioning coach Joe Tereshinski Jr., with a restructuring of that program. A former player and assistant coach under Vince Dooley, Kasay had served UGA as director of strength and conditioning for nearly three decades.

“We asked John to come out of retirement on a part-time basis last January and help us through a transition period in our strength and conditioning program,” Georgia spokesman Claude Felton said. “He graciously accepted and has provided everything we hoped for in supporting Joe Tereshinski as we moved in this new direction. That transition period has put us well down the road in our strength program and John has stepped back into retirement with our sincerest thanks. He has many talents with his background and it’s not out of the question he could be asked to assist us with other projects in the future.”

Kasay’s move was a proactive one. A new NCAA rule goes into effect in August that will limit to five the number of coaches that a team may employ on its strength staff. In addition to Tereshinski, Georgia already has Rex Bradberry, Thomas Brown, Tony Gilbert and Keith Gray working full time in that capacity. UGA is not expected to name a temporary replacement, Felton said.

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WDE

January 18th, 2012
10:28 am

BG

January 18th, 2012
10:32 am

Newman

January 18th, 2012
10:35 am

Kasay came down to play football in 1963 and hasn’t left. Thank you Coach Kasay.

Atticus

January 18th, 2012
10:39 am

When is UGA going to wake up and move into this century with respect to S&C? Alabama and LSU are so much better conditioned its scary. It’s the worst kept secret in the industry. Multiple games including MSU the opponents said our team was gassed in the 2nd half.

Atticus

January 18th, 2012
10:40 am

And I love Joe T but explain to me why he is the MOST qualified person in the country for this job.

Spaceman Spiff

January 18th, 2012
10:42 am

@ Atticus

Really, do you have to troll? Go back to your tech blog sites with the rest of the cry babies.

Inlet Dawg

January 18th, 2012
10:42 am

Thanks for bringing our team strength back.

fan

January 18th, 2012
10:42 am

Atticus its called depth and UGA didn’t have much this year. LSU and Bama were two deep at every position.

Atticus

January 18th, 2012
10:45 am

I am a UGA grad Spiff with the idiot name. Explain to me why UGA is the best? Fan I agree with you but just like hoops, just like Bobo and things in the past, we accept less than the best.

Atticus

January 18th, 2012
10:47 am

If you think our conditioning is even close to Bama’s you are fooling yourself.

Carew Rowell

January 18th, 2012
10:49 am

What will help our conditioning more than anything else, is a offense that can run the ball, sustain a drive and stop turning the ball over so much in big games. That would keep the defense off the field and fresh for the 4th quarter.

But, what do I know; I’m a mere fan.

Dap01

January 18th, 2012
10:51 am

Why don’t UGA simply ignore the NCAA rule? Alabama does.

JB

January 18th, 2012
10:55 am

I am encouraged on offense for once ( Bobo here to stay, we’ve must just deal with that) We have 4 OL that redshirted last year. We have 4 maybe 5 coming in this year on the OL, 2 of whom look really good.
We have 3-4 coming back from last years roster. For a change, we have some numbers…and maybe better talent there. We have 2 new RB’s coming in to push what’s coming back. And then there is Murray, who has some downside, but a ton of upside. WR’s are very good. Told Rome at TE will make us forget Orson pretty quick….Throw this with the 9 on D coming back and another year with Coach T, for what it’s worth, it light years ahead of where we were, looks like a good year coming.

Danno

January 18th, 2012
10:58 am

Missouri 42, UGA 10

WDE

January 18th, 2012
11:01 am

@Danno what are you smoking?

Destin Dawg

January 18th, 2012
11:05 am

Nutrition is way up.. great buffet.. 2012 lots of Junkyard Dawgs coming back to play for Grantham… now lets get the offense up to speed !! need depth 2 deep.. and No Seniority system !!

Nom Nom Nom Chucks Taylor, or Norris if he is avaliable

January 18th, 2012
11:20 am

“If you think our conditioning is even close to Bama’s you are fooling yourself.”

AMEN

Nom Nom Nom Chucks Taylor, or Norris if he is avaliable

January 18th, 2012
11:22 am

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/375714-alabama-footballs-ace-in-the-hole-strength-coach-scott-cochran

This is a real strength and conditioning coach. Not just some old arsewipe who thinks you should run suicides until you puke.

Yes, I am talking to you JT.

Jim

January 18th, 2012
11:26 am

When we get offensive players coming back to play their senior year under Bobo, then we will have turned the corner and there will be light at the end of the tunnel. We need a QB rotation that will not miss a beat if there needs to be a change in the first quarter. We have wasted 3-4 star QBs for far too many years. I hope it doesn’t spill over to the runniung back tallent we have coming in. This bull about us being good in two years is getting old. It’s time the sky quit falling on the poor old dawgs. Sure hope we can save some money on oxygen next year!

Daytona Dawg

January 18th, 2012
11:27 am

Atticus – I totally agree with you. I thought it was a very strange move last year, but never commented on it. I went to UGA (90-94) and majored in Exercise Science and then went to grad school in Memphis and had an internship with the S&C staff there. It was absolutely no secret that UGA was waaaaaay behind in S&C. No secret at all. I remember talking to Mack Strong after he had been with the Seahawks for only a few months (summer of 94) and he talked about how far behind UGA was.

I even took one of Coach Mrvos weight training classes (anyone remember those?) while at UGA and it was terrible.

Georgia has plenty of money to get someone top notch….I’m just not sure if they’ll know them when they see them. I don’t mean to be so negative, it’s just that this is the side of football that I really know. Everyone else on the coaching staff is getting better & better (at least on the Defensive side), so I’m hoping Richt and McGarity do it right. Go Dawgs!!!!

LawDawg

January 18th, 2012
11:34 am

I had no idea that Tony Gilbert and Thomas Brown were kicking around on the UGA staff. That is awesome.

Dr. Phil

January 18th, 2012
11:43 am

I don’t know about overall team conditioning, but Crowell would perform better if he gave up his smoking habit.

Buckhead Bulldog

January 18th, 2012
11:45 am

“A new NCAA rule goes into effect in August that will limit to five the number of coaches that a team may employ on its strength staff” – can’t they find better things to do? Just another example of how the NCAA oversight operates in a very bush league manner.

LawDawg

January 18th, 2012
11:47 am

Jim – what the heck are you talking about? Andrew Luck and Matt Leinart are unusual. If you grade out as a first-round talent as a junior and leave, that is just expected. Do you really think Stafford should have come back? Knowshon? Orson?

They would have been crazy to. This says nothing about the state of the Georgia program. It happens everywhere, UGA just happens to have more first-round draft picks than most teams. In fact, it probably says good things that we can create first-round talent in three years.

Danno

January 18th, 2012
11:49 am

I am not smoking anything. I am just jealous of the fact that my team can’t beat UGA…

Atticus

January 18th, 2012
11:52 am

I just like to say stupid things. It doesn’t matter that the D is undermanned. How dare they not be able to play a whole game with very few, if any, rotations!

ugak9s

January 18th, 2012
11:59 am

I also wondered, why is JT coming back when he didn’t do a good job before, and MR brought his own man to take over. What ahppened?
Never the less, I think we need a special teams coach just as bad…………..

Spaceman Spiff

January 18th, 2012
12:10 pm

@ ugak9s

While the Dogs need a special teams makeover, they can’t hire one because of the NCAA-placed coaching limit…

Hey wde...

January 18th, 2012
12:26 pm

…if you watched what Mizzou did to UNC then you would understand why they will blitz UGA next year – just saying that until UGA learns to play tough on both sides of the ball then we will not have much success against teams that can move the ball at will – aka AR, LSU, Boise State, AL, Mizzou, SC, etc – all teams with winning records whom we have proven to be unable to beat for whatever reason, most likely being that we are outcoached, outschemed, and out-conditioned…

Kerryb

January 18th, 2012
12:41 pm

We will be two deep next year after this recruiting class so there will be no more gassed defense next year.

Kerryb

January 18th, 2012
12:43 pm

Hey wde…

January 18th, 2012
12:26 pm

…if you watched what Mizzou did to UNC then you would understand why they will blitz UGA next year – just saying that until UGA learns to play tough on both sides of the ball then we will not have much success against teams that can move the ball at will – aka AR, LSU, Boise State, AL, Mizzou, SC, etc – all teams with winning records whom we have proven to be unable to beat for whatever reason, most likely being that we are outcoached, outschemed, and out-conditioned…

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As Bugs Bunny use to say, “what a moroon”

Kerryb

January 18th, 2012
12:44 pm

Mizzou blitzed UNC because they were a weak ACC team last year. They will be dealing with a totally different animal next September. With UGA’s defense they will not be able to hang in this game.

wpww

January 18th, 2012
12:50 pm

Our video coach became our strenght coach!!! nuf said!

7576DAWG

January 18th, 2012
1:10 pm

John Kasay sure does have my thank’s and admiration , at 67 or 68 year’s old that was a huge sacrifice .

beanster

January 18th, 2012
1:15 pm

Partly just playing devil’s advocate here, but I am not sure “lack of depth” should be to blame for our 2nd half problems. I think it’s safe to assume it is the defense Dawg fans are referring to when we see our guys “gassed” late in the game, so below are D starters and back ups. All saw enough of the field last year to be included in the “depth” of our D.

Starters Backups
DEs: Abry Jones, Tyson Garrison Smith, Derrick Lott
NG: J Jenkins Geathers
OLBs: C Washington. J Jones C Vasser, R Faloughi, Ray Drew
ILBs: Ogletree, Herera, Robinson, Gilliard, R Wilson
DBs: Boykin, B Smith, D Swann, Q Harrow, C Sanders, C Moore
Ss: Rambo, Commings, S Williams, C Norman and B Sailors (mainly ST but solid backups)

Granted there were injuries that kept all 26 from being able to go every game. But as stout as the starting 11 were backed up by a whole bunch of hungry-to-play, young talent I have a hard time believing it was LSU’s 3rd string that did us in or MSU’s for that matter (did MSU’s starters ever even come out of the game?). We are a solid two-deep and with this year’s class we should be three-deep in some positions in 2012. Boise State didn’t whip us (esp. in the trenches) because they had more bodies than we did. USCe didn’t outscore us because they were fresher. Lack of depth didn’t make AM throw picks in the 2nd half of the SECCG or the bowl game.

The link to the article posted by Nom Nom… at 11:22 a.m. about Bama’s guy, Scott Cochran, the guy who predicted our funeral in the ’08 blackout, is downright scary. This what the competition is doing….until UGA adopts a similar philosophy we’ll continue to scratch at their heels.

Bama Fans LOVE Krystal

January 18th, 2012
1:36 pm

I heard Dre’ was in Krystal looking for someone passed out

abe lincoln

January 18th, 2012
1:43 pm

I have been told that Coach Richt is aware of the short comings of the strength and conditioning program. Also think that the A.D. will help to fix the problem.

The Dogfather

January 18th, 2012
1:43 pm

I hear ya wpww. Not to subtract any positives from coach T – but coach Kasay was his coach. Many Great ideas that become practice were hatched back in that “Family Dorm” in McWorter.Many others took credit for them. I say we raise the ol’glass And give many THANKS to the ol’ tough arse himself. Thanks Motherkasay

Gambs

January 18th, 2012
1:45 pm

UGA’s S&C program has been sub-par in the SEC for years now. It started going downhill under Van Halanger, and it hasn’t recovered. UGA didn’t beat a ranked team last year, and there’s a darn good reason for it. It’s not that they weren’t talented enough to do it. They just weren’t conditioned enough to do it.

slydog

January 18th, 2012
1:48 pm

It’s time for the strength program to be revamped, cut all these ties to your buddies, and do what’s best for the program. Now, maybe in Year 2 of Joe T’s program, the team will show improvement in conditioning overall. But he is on the verge of retirement himself, and there are no comparable personnel on staff currently with his experience. By using the “eye” test, Alabama and LSU’s players are just bigger, stronger, and in better cardiovascular condition. It’s not magic, just an effective program. If Georgia’s goal is to win the SEC Championship only and nothing else, then Georgia should at the very least copy what the winners are doing.

tide roll

January 18th, 2012
1:57 pm

Following UGA football has a nightmarish quality about it doesn’t it? Richt and Bobo, like two Freddy Kruegers on the loose, are guaranteed to strike again. AND Uga fans don’t know when or where, only that it’s guaranteed to happen. Will it be the field goal call vs. Central Fla., or the field goal vs. Mich St.? Will it be a first half of the SEC championship followed by the 2nd (35 – 0, LSU)? Will it be the evaluation of Cam Newton as a tight end, or losing MIKE DAVIS to SEC EAST rival South Caroilina? When will they strike again? Is there anyway to prepare for it? Is there a way to avoid the dang shock to the system those two bring? It’s all just too much to take. .

Hey, tide roll

January 18th, 2012
2:09 pm

Did you note that Bama won a NC starting more white offensive linemen than Georgia?

Talking about Cam Newton, you were the one that made the ludicrous charge that Saban did not go hard after Cam because he assumed he was a lock to UGA in 2010. Did that cause you some trouble with the Bama fan base, insinuating that Nicky was either lazy or stupid in Cam’s recruitment?

Still waiting for you to admit that maybe AJ McCarron is better than Philip Sims.

DawginLex

January 18th, 2012
2:12 pm

tide roll won’t answer my question regarding the skin color of a particular Alabama offensive lineman who was rated as the top OL in the country and attended a private Christian school.

DawginLex

January 18th, 2012
2:13 pm

Who much to everyone’s surprise, decided to return for his senior year at Bama and delay a locked up 1st round draft selection.

RHall

January 18th, 2012
2:14 pm

What qualifications do each of these individuals have to be on the strength staff? Please list each!!! Was not Joe T a video guy?? C’mom Man!!

Hairy Dawg

January 18th, 2012
2:15 pm

Maybe we can steal John Kasay’s kid away from the Saints and let him be our kicker next season? I know he’s 42, but surely we could find a way to get him some eligibility.

DawginLex

January 18th, 2012
2:15 pm

slydog

Georgia already copied Florida and added a full time nutritionist

Year 2 was always my prediction for the results to truly begin showing

Troof

January 18th, 2012
2:18 pm

At Bama, Coach Cochran is the Monster Maker. Bama’s S&C program makes boys into men. That’s why the SEC fears Bama.

old dog

January 18th, 2012
2:36 pm

Can’t speak for now, but I know for a fact the players feared Coach Kasey back in the ’70’s.

cmdawg99

January 18th, 2012
2:40 pm

To make room for a new OC. Go Dawgs!!