Ten@10: More changes ahead for UGA’s strength & conditioning, recruiting

THE TEN AT 10:

1. Georgia is about to have another change within its strength and conditioning program. Rex Bradberry, who has served in one capacity or another in that department since 2002, is leaving UGA after accepting a position as a strength and conditioning specialist for the U.S. Army. Bradberry, 29, will be training Special Forces troops at Fort Bragg in North Carolina.

Bradberry

Bradberry

“I can’t go into much detail other than I will be handling all their physical training,” said Bradberry, who has already signed a contract but is awaiting security clearance. “I’ll be preparing those teams for battle and hopefully will prevent them from injury and help them save their lives. I’ll also be working with the ‘Wounded Warrior’ project. I’m doing a rehabilitation program for them to help bring them back to a more functioning way of life.”

Bradberry will be a civilian contractor and is not enlisting. He actually signed the contract two weeks ago but was told his security clearance could take 30 to 60 days or “could be any day now.” In the meantime, Bradberry remains at UGA and is helping Georgia’s new strength coaches make the transition while fulfilling his normal duties with the Bulldogs.

2. Bradberry becomes the fourth member of this past year’s strength staff to leave UGA. Thomas Brown took a job as an assistant football coach at UTC, Keith Gray accepted a position with the Philadelphia Eagles and John Kasay returned to retirement after the bowl game. Only Tony Gilbert, a former UGA linebacker (2000-02) who joined the staff before this past season, remains on coach Joe Tereshinsiki’s staff.

Bradberry said the massive turnover should not be viewed in a negative light.

“There’s definitely no hard feelings,” he said. “Georgia has been very good to me. I love Georgia. I’ve got a masters from Georgia and  a Ph.D. from Georgia. I’ve coached here for a long time, we’ve won a games and I’ve got a lot of great relationships with Georgia people. I’m a Georgia guy. . . . This is just an opportunity that doesn’t come along very often and I’m humbled to have the opportunity to go serve my country.”

Tereshinski already has hired John Thomas from Penn State as senior associate director and Sherman Armstrong of Tampa as an assistant and speed specialist. The NCAA has enacted legislation that limits  strength staffs to five full-timers. But that doesn’t necessarily mean the Bulldogs are in the market for one more full-timer.

“It’s up to Joe,” Georgia Athletic Director Greg McGarity said Monday. “We haven’t really talked about it that much since Rex is still here. Five’s the max, but there are other ways you can handle it, with graduate assistants and student assistants and things like that. We’ll visit that at the right time.”

3. Meanwhile, the protracted search for a new director of on-campus recruiting drags on. It was thought that the Bulldogs were close to a hire for the position, which has been advertised since mid-February. But McGarity told The AJC on Monday that he has “re-posted” the position.

“We just haven’t hired a person in that spot,” McGarity said. “We’ve still got the original list of applicants and the bottom line is no one was hired. So we’re re-opening it again and we’ll see if some other names appear. It’s just normal operating procedure.”

According to records obtained by The AJC, 126 people submitted applicatons for the job previously occupied by Charlie Cantor, who resigned last summer. Among those that were brought in for interviews included national recruiting analysts Jamie Newberg of ESPN.com and Chad Simmons of FOX Sports/Scout.com. However, indications are the Bulldogs now may have decided to go in a different direction.

“I don’t know who’s out there talking on it but Mark hasn’t commented on it and I haven’t commented on it,” McGarity said. “We’re the only two that are thoroughly involved with the process. We just haven’t made a hire at this point. There will be an announcement when a hire is made. Mark will identify that person and we’ll close that chapter and move on.”

4. Not having an on-campus director of recruiting doesn’t appear to have held back the Bulldogs so far. They had a multi-commitment day for the second time in as many days on Monday. Less than 24 hours after landing three commitments on Easter Sunday, Georgia added two more on Monday in linebacker Reggie Carter of South Gwinnett and athlete JJ Green of Camden County.

That gives the Bulldogs 14 commitments 10 months before national signing day. They signed only 19 all of last year. According to several recruiting sites, it is more commits than Georgia has ever had this early in the recruiting process. Richt acknowledged this past weekend that Georgia could sign 28 or more in the Class of 2013.

Meanwhile, AJC recruiting reporter Michael Carvell believes the Bulldogs will stay active this week. J.P. Vonashek, a 6-foot-6, 270-pound offensive lineman from Camden County, was offered a scholarship on Monday and may accept it as early as Tuesday.

5. It has been a month since Richt and defensive coordinator Todd Grantham agreed to contract extensions from UGA. Richt agreed in principle to a five-year extension, while Grantham accepted three more years. But those deals have yet to be finalized and signed by both parties. Without their signatures, it means nothing.

McGarity seems unconcerned.

“It’s between the two legal representatives,” he said. “It’s going back and forth with them as far as getting the terminology and what have you. That’s where it is right now.”

6. Of course, Georgia’s annual spring intrasquad football scrimmage — better known as “G-Day — will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. at Sanford Stadium. Admission is free, but UGA and several other groups are trying to use the occasion to raise money and food for charity. The Food Bank of Northeast Georgia is accepting canned goods at Gates 2, 4, 6 and 9 as soon as gates open at 12:45 p.m. There is a letterman’s flag football game at 1 p.m. and all kinds of other activities. Here’s a link to a site with all the details.

7. Also, the “UGA Footlball Coaches Wives” are hosting a “Lunch with the Legends” tailgate at Legion Field to benefit the Kasyn Cares Fund at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.  Kasyn Olivadotti is the 4-year-old daughter of Georgia linebackers coach Kirk Olivadotti and she was diagnosed with a form of Leukemia last summer. The Bulldogs currently boast three families that produced multiple football All-Americans — Champ and Boss Bailey, Drew and Kevin Butler and Jon and Matt Stinchcomb. For $200 you can purchase one of 250 limited edition Nike footballs signed by all six men. Zaxby’s will cater the event so lunch is available.

After the G-Day Game, Bulldog lettermen and current NFL stars Jarius Wynn (Green Bay Packers) and current Corvey Irvin (Jacksonville Jaguars) are hosting a charity benefit at the Loco’s on Timothy Road at 5:30 p.m. Several other “surprise NFL guests” will be on hand, according to organizer.

8. On Friday, Georgia will be hosting “Charley Trippi Day” at the Georgia Center for Continued Education. The legendary halfback, MVP of the 1943 Rose Bowl and star of the 11-0 1946 team with be recognized with commendations from Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and Athens Mayor Nancy Denson during a luncheon that will also be attended by Arizona Cardinals owner Bill Bidwill and Cardinals president Michael Bidwill, Maxwell Club executive director Mark Wolpert, UGA president Dr. Michael Adams, representatives of the College and Pro Football Halls of Fame, and former Bulldog coach Vince Dooley. Former Georgia cornerback Brandon Boykin will also be honored at the luncheon as the first recipient of the Charley Trippi Most Versatile Player Award.

9. There will be more than football going on Saturday in Athens. The Georgia track teams are hosting the annual Spec Towns Invitational at Spec Towns track and a very special race is being conducted there at 11 a.m.

Jarryd Wallace, an Athens native who won the gold medal at the 2011 Parapan American Games, face off against against the defending world champion Jerome Singleton in a head-to-head race to kick off the trial season for the 2012 Paralympic Games. Wallace is the son of Georgia women’s tennis coach Jeff Wallace. A former high school state champion distance runner, Wallace had to have the lower half of one of his legs amputated due to a medical condition. He clocked a 11.31-second time last yearto become the fastest single amputee for the 100 metersin 2011.

10. THIS & THAT: After winning the Auburn regional this past weekend, the fifth-seeded Georgia gymnastics team found out this week it will compete in the second semifinal session of the NCAA Championships April 20 at 6 p.m. ET at the Gwinnett Arena. The Gym Dogs will face No. 1 Florida, No. 4 Alabama, No. 8 Arkansas, No. 9 Oregon State and No. 12 Ohio State. . . . Georgia’s Diamond Dogs will be offering free baseball on Monday at 3 p.m. when they play host to Liberty. The game was scheduled late to make up for rainout versus Western Carolina.

88 comments Add your comment

East Repeat

April 10th, 2012
10:04 am

chilidawg

April 10th, 2012
10:04 am

what’llyahave?

bkbroila

April 10th, 2012
10:07 am

BORING…….

bucket

April 10th, 2012
10:13 am

@bkbroila – you are welcome to stop trolling if you don’t want to read about UGA on the UGA Sports Blog!

Dawg Haus

April 10th, 2012
10:14 am

Can’t wait for G-Day!

James

April 10th, 2012
10:19 am

kudos to Rex Bradberry. serving his country, in a valuable way. with all due respect to whomever wrote this, I don’t think a guy with a PhD would enlist if he were going to actually join up, he would commission as an officer. another example of how the average American is completely disconnected from out military. thanks Rex, helping keep our Green Berets the best the world has ever known.

Go dawgs

April 10th, 2012
10:21 am

Leave bkbroila alone, hes just killing time before he has to go make more fries at Burger King

RHall55

April 10th, 2012
10:23 am

Hire C Flowers replace C Cantor!! Secure R Foster!! Give D Kamara and the whole Grayson bunch offers!! Secure R Nkemdiche!! Bring H Ward on your staff as a GA or assist in S&C!! C’mon Man; play the game!! “Win, Baby, Win”!!!

Grantham's the man

April 10th, 2012
10:25 am

looks like it’s going to be a great recruiting class! Just keep it going and get a few more five star players and it could be one of the best ever. GoooDawgs!!!

Grantham's the man

April 10th, 2012
10:31 am

Chip, if Ga hired Heinz Ward as a S&C coach could he act as a position coach and recruiter also?

Either way I hope Richt makes the offer. Get HW on board!

tide roll

April 10th, 2012
10:31 am

Former Uga players/alums like Ray Goof. Mike Booboo, Greg McGarity and Joe T. have killed, are killing, and will continue to kill your program. Have you ever seen a program like Georgia’s? Always in a state of flux. Year after year. Nothing constant, other than Richt and Bobo staying on the gravy train. AND your SEC competitors winning National Titles.

Vinning Dawgs

April 10th, 2012
10:32 am

Thanks Mr. Negative Chip Towers. The sky is always falling. The S&C Staff are taking better opportunities which is the goal of anyone working for you will do and that is an honor that people recognize that you have talented employees. They will do just fine with their replacements.

Italian_29

April 10th, 2012
10:33 am

I don’t understand why Grantham and Richt haven’t signed their extensions yet? I thought they were done deals, what is the hold up?

Italian_29

April 10th, 2012
10:36 am

Tide Troll, of course you come on a GA blog and spew your negative crap about our program, do me a favor, you worry about the Crimson Tree Killers and we will worry about the Dawgs.

SnakeDog4

April 10th, 2012
10:39 am

4 s & c staff have quit this off season.

Joe T isn’t getting loyalty from his staff, wonder why?

GeoffDawg

April 10th, 2012
10:42 am

Congratulations to Bradberry on the new position. Another great Dawg making a difference.

GeoffDawg

April 10th, 2012
10:43 am

SnakeDog4, it’s called upward mobility. They’re leaving for better positions, not lateral or downward moves. That kind of attrition is actually a sign that they’re doing things well.

SnakeDog4

April 10th, 2012
10:46 am

Isn’t Richt concerned about ex Penn St Thomas being linked to Joe Paterno and Sandusky after the trial ends and hurting recruiting among parents? That’s a risky hire from a recruiting standpoint, after the trial ends, it might be one of the dumbest hires Richt’s ever made.

DawginLex

April 10th, 2012
10:46 am

LET’S BE CLEAR ON A FACT

tide roll IS A TECHIE

100%

Now, regarding the S&C program. It is about to get a lot better. The speed coach is already getting rave reviews from the players getting ready for NFL camps.

Recruiting Coordinator?-Jessica Dorrell is available

Did y’all know that she and Bobby took those motorcycle rides around BEAVER LAKE?

You just can’t make this stuff up

SnakeDog4

April 10th, 2012
10:47 am

None of the moves were vertical, all were horizontal or worse.

DawginLex

April 10th, 2012
10:49 am

snake

Well since Thomas has never been mentioned(just like the rest of the Penn state coaches) and his credentials are spectacular, I’d say it is a good hire.

SnakeDog4

April 10th, 2012
10:49 am

richt’s staff turnover mirrors another SEC coach, D Dooley over at Tenn. When pretty much 70% of your s & c staff leave, that’s not a good sign.

DawginLex

April 10th, 2012
10:51 am

Brown becomes an asst football coach and Gray goes to the NFL and those are lateral moves?

Better re-think that one Mr Negative Nancy

Kerryb

April 10th, 2012
10:52 am

Good luck Rex. It is more important to train our troops to return home safely and without injury and to care for the ones injured. Some things are more important than football. Snakedog4, what does this have to do with Joe T? Rex is leaving for a higher calling and Thomas Brown took a job in his specialty which is coaching running backs. I’m sure he wanted to do that more than being a S&C coach.

DawginLex

April 10th, 2012
10:53 am

somebody get snakedog a blanket and a pacifier

What happened?

Did you invite Richt over for Easter dinner and he didn’t like your mac and cheese you cooked?

SnakeDog4

April 10th, 2012
10:53 am

Borwn’s at UTC, where is that?

Kerryb

April 10th, 2012
10:54 am

Snakedog4, quit posting. You’re making yourself sound like a complete idiot.

GeoffDawg

April 10th, 2012
10:55 am

SnakeDog4, Thomas Brown left to take a position as part of a regular coaching staff, not S&C, thus meeting his career goals, Bradberry is leaving to train military special forces, Gray went to the NFL, Kasay was already semi-retired and was sticking around to help with the transition. How can you consider any of these negatively?

DawginLex

April 10th, 2012
10:55 am

Southern conference FCS Level

Do you think either one of them took a job paying less than their UGA jobs?

I guarantee you they are making more money now.

SnakeDog4

April 10th, 2012
10:58 am

NFL is a step up? Then I guess Grantham made a step down going to to the lowly college ranks?

GDawg

April 10th, 2012
10:58 am

I say go get Walker for S&C coach, the man is still a beast.

SnakeDog4

April 10th, 2012
11:00 am

If they all 4 left over $, that’s not good either. Says either they were all grossly underpaid, or all were ready to jump when a few more $$$ were offered.

GeoffDawg

April 10th, 2012
11:00 am

If you take into account what McGarity has stated is the S&C budget and then factor in the relatively large salaries for Coach-T, Armstrong, and Thomas, you can make an educated guess that the newbies on the staff, Brown and Gilbert, are only making in the neighborhood of 30 to 40k a year. This is an entry level position for them. Of course, they’re going to move on when a better opportunity comes along.

SnakeDog4

April 10th, 2012
11:01 am

Don’t think Nick Saban thinks SEC college football is a step down from NFL.

Kerryb

April 10th, 2012
11:02 am

SnakeDog4

April 10th, 2012
10:58 am

NFL is a step up? Then I guess Grantham made a step down going to to the lowly college ranks?

______________________________________________________________________

Grantham was a position coach in the NFL and wanted to be a coordinator. He also WANTED to go back to college football to someday be a HC in college. Man, just stop moron.

GeoffDawg

April 10th, 2012
11:02 am

Since he went from a D line coach to defensive coordinator at a higher end SEC program, yes, that was a step up.

SnakeDog4

April 10th, 2012
11:03 am

I would hope Joe T doesn’t replace these 4 guys with the ex-Penn State staff.

Chip Towers

April 10th, 2012
11:05 am

SnakeDog4: They were all underpaid, IMHO. I’ve seen the payroll.

SnakeDog4

April 10th, 2012
11:05 am

If Brown views UTC as a step up over UGA, what does that say about UGA?

Kerryb

April 10th, 2012
11:05 am

Snaketool4, you need to be replaced with someone who actually knows what they are talking about.

GeoffDawg

April 10th, 2012
11:05 am

Yes, that seems like a very credible and legitimate concern Snake. Thanks for bringing it to our attention.

SnakeDog4

April 10th, 2012
11:06 am

Chip,

Ok, that makes more sense. Shows how out of touch Greg McGarity is, since 4 staff are leaving because they are so underpaid.

BigDawg

April 10th, 2012
11:07 am

DawginLex, too funny about Beaver Lake!

Kerryb

April 10th, 2012
11:08 am

If you were a career RB and wanted to coach RB’s would you stay at a place and be a S&C coach or would you want to go to a place that will hire you as a RB coach? Can you make sense of that Forrest?

bucket

April 10th, 2012
11:08 am

I would hope I wouldn’t have to read anymore idiotic input from SnakeDog4 today!

SnakeDog4

April 10th, 2012
11:09 am

Where is UTC, never heard of the place. Is that U of Texas at Carrolton?

Chip Towers

April 10th, 2012
11:10 am

SnakeDog4: In McGarity’s defense, he inherited the pay scale.

Kerryb

April 10th, 2012
11:10 am

University of Tennessee Chattanooga. Dude, what group home did you just get out of?

SnakeDog4

April 10th, 2012
11:14 am

Ok, that clears it up, Thomas saw Univ of Tenn Chattanooga, as a step up over UGA????

bucket

April 10th, 2012
11:15 am

I would be willing to bet that the guys who have been hired recently who all have previous experience and expertise in the field of S & C are all being paid higher than the 4 who are being replaced.