chance of bowl: 13.6%
Floyd Mayweather is by any measure is a well conditioned athlete. Power, speed, endurance, mobility. In a video, it was interesting to see he has a foam roll in his house. That's used for Myofascial Self-Release, known as Trigger Point Therapy. This increasingly popular method, pioneered by Dr. Janet Travell and Dr. David Simon, gets tension and knots out of muscles.
People carry much more chronic, restrictive tension in our bodies than most realize. Trigger point release, along with stretching, yoga, massage, etc, releases adhesions and restrictions in the muscles and connective tissue. Teaching this for 24 years, I've seen it have a powerful effect.
More examples? In 1976 Hasely Crawford won the Olympic gold in the 100 meters. He was able to generate tremendous force with speed to generate power, and overcome his inertial mass more effectively than anyone in the world. I met Hasely Crawford in Ann Arbor in1978. We spoke for a while. He was probably the most relaxed person I ever met in my life. He carried very little tension of any sort in his body or being.
Usain Bolt does a great job of staying loose before a competition. Do you think he works on just getting stronger, or having resilient, efficient muscles?
Olympic coaches nowadays emphasize releasing muscles fibers from chronic tension, and maintaining pliability and resilience in fascia, tendons, ligaments. If an Olympic athlete carries tight, non-functional muscle fibers, it's like an anchor. They can't compete at world class levels. S&C coaches are all over the map on this subject. A former U of M S&C coach thought flexibility was useless. That's really WRONG.
A primary principle for athletic training is: The more you do something the better you get at doing that thing. As a health and fitness instructor, and former addiction counselor, I've worked with pro and Olympic athletes. We train with bands and cables more than weights. Stabilization training produces real world power, and is optimal for the joint's supportive tissue. Elastic bands support maximum force generation along with explosive speed, optimizing endurance as well. Barwiss uses this training. Starett strongly emphasizes mobility.
Flexible, mobile, efficient muscles generating power through a wide range of motion are the key to athletic power, and for preventing injuries. Core training in all three planes of motion (sagittal, ventral, transverse) is also important, because the core is the weak link in transferring power from the legs to the torso.
Why do we have so many ACL and other injuries? Where is our fourth quarter performance? It can be traced to the type of strength and conditioning training being practiced. There are four protocols for training: Strength, Power, Endurance, Hypertrophy. It's apparent from results on the field: Our S&C program over-emphasizes gross muscle mass, that is Hypertrophy, over Power and Endurance, which are the real factors in athletic performance. Those impressive pictures we see of our football players getting bigger? That's body building muscle, which does not translate well to sports performance, and sets up our players for injury.
Who is responsible to determine the direction of our S&C program? Aaron Wellman has a say in this. But who makes the final decision? This rash of injuries is not a random fluke, but can be explained by current sports science. Old school training protocols, which promote superficial results, lead to these painful outcomes.
"Lewan, 23, was arrested shortly after midnight on Dec. 1 after allegedly hitting two men outside of the Brown Jug, a restaurant in Ann Arbor. Hours earlier, Michigan lost to Ohio State 42-41 in Lewan's final game as a Wolverine.
Lewan said he was breaking up a fight, but the alleged victims and another witness refuted that claim."
Here's an old thread about it.
Seriously, assuming forfeit is not a legitimate option, if you are head coach, what is your game plan for Saturday?
Brian touched on this S/I story on the front page today but focused on the UM aspect of it. Thought it was interesting from a Dan Mullen angle as well as I am not at all familiar with the politics at the University of Florida so there are some nuggets in this story for us yankees.
Long story short - the current AD was apparently there during the Urban Meyer era and advised Mullen against going to MSU (which could be understood). They are not on great terms and to offer Mullen supposedly would be some form of implicit statement that the AD made a mistake in the past. (Not going after Mullen to replace Urban?) I don't know anything about Foley but it sounds like there is an ego involved. Further Mullen was not popular in his time at UF and his 2 offensive coordinators left on not great terms.
S/I goes on to say Foley will make a run at Bob Stoops, which apparently he has in the past. They don't think Stoops will leave Oklahoma (dont see any reason he would) but of course if that happened boy would that shake up the landscape. There just has not been that sort of parallel move of 1 coach moving between 2 "bluebloods" (UF not a traditional bluebood but over past 25 years a powerhouse). Hugh Freeze brought up but the talk of NCAA investigations cool that.
S/I then throws out Rich Rod of all people but says the personalities of Foley and RR don't mix. Also states RR would need to upgrade his staff and they feel RR won't do that. Which is pretty fascinating.
So that leaves things pretty open ended at UF as the "no brainer" candidate might not be as much.
It would be considered a major surprise if Foley even calls Mullen. Foley advised Mullen against taking the Mississippi State job when he left Florida in December 2008 (considering the century of bad football in Starkville that probably wasn’t bad advice). The two don’t have a bad relationship, but its more neutral than chummy. Foley hiring Mullen would be an admission that he made a mistake in overlooking him last time. The Florida brass would also likely have to welcome back Mullen’s co-offensive coordinators, Billy Gonzales and John Hevesy, neither of whom exited Florida on the greatest terms (Gonzales bolted for LSU and Hevesy left with Mullen for Mississippi State. So did operations guru Jon Clark, who would surely come along). The feeling here is that if Mullen ends up getting hired, it happens because someone from the outside pressures Foley. So that means it’s unlikely.
Mullen wasn’t exactly beloved during his time at Florida, as fans called for his job and administrators were ambivalent. Foley isn’t itching for a tie to the Urban Meyer era, either. Some of this comes down to Foley’s ego and whether he can swallow his pride. The guess from almost every corner is that Mullen won’t get the job.
In the same piece they did mention Mullen and Michigan but offered that the stablity leadership and facilities are better in Starkville as we live in an increasingly flat world. And the new SEC network is going to provide more bucks for those schools to spend on the arms race for coaches.
Not related - the SMU job also is interesting from the angle that some high profile coordinators look to be front runners - namely Chad Morris of Clemson, Josh Heupel of Oklahoma, and Herman of OSU. Tulsa also should open up and those same guys are candidates for that job. These are the prototypical jobs for unproven coordinators to go to for 3-4 years before launching to a Big 5 - Todd Graham and Kevin Sumlin both turbocharged their HC careers in that conference.
Last Kansas may also be going after an OSU coach - in this case Ed Warriner who apparently was the top assistant with Mangino back in the day.
So Urbz could be losing 2 major guys from his staff.