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Ex-UGA Lineman Benedict Sorta/Kinda Confirms Disagreement With New Dawg Strength Coach

Back-up offensive lineman Brent Benedict is leaving the Georgia football program for Virginia Tech.  The Dawgs have been hemorraging O-linemen this offseason, so even the loss of a reserve hurts.

Chip Towers of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution conducted a Q&A with Benedict yesterday and tried to get to the bottom of what really led to his decision to leave Athens:

“Q: I understand this mainly had to do with not seeing eye-to-eye with new strength and conditioning coach Joe Tereshinski about training techniques with respect to your (knee) injury.  I know he’s employing some old-school philosophies with a lot of lower-body work.  Is that what this is about?

A: Coach Tereshinski 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.  Of course I hope Georgia does well, extremely well.  I’ve told all my buddies back there I wish them the best of luck and I really believe it will be successful.”

Is that an admission that the conditioning program is the reason he’s leaving.  Probably.  But Benedict is clearly trying to take the high road and he should be respected for that.  He only has one body and he’ll have to live with it — and the injuries done to it now — for years to come.  It’s his decision how he wants to rehab that body.

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SEC Headlines – 6/28/11 Part Two

1.  Mark Richt — as he’s wont to do — has given offensive lineman Brent Benedict an unconditional release.

2.  This writer says John Calipari won’t leave Kentucky for the NBA over money… or stay in Lexington because of money.  In other words, it ain’t about the money.

3.  This writer makes the case — a valid one, too — that paying huge dollars to coaches like Calipari doesn’t guarantee a school will get past Butler or VCU in the NCAA Tournament.

4.  So why did Clifford Snow leave Kentucky’s football operations job to take the same gig at Louisville?  He says because he wanted to work with Charlie Strong again.

5.  Tennessee linebacker Shane Reveiz sees his hard work pay off with a scholarship from Derek Dooley.

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