It seems almost strange to have an off-season without a love-fest for the strength and conditioning coach after the past three years. Barwis may have been the most rewarding aspect of the Rodriguez coaching staff - both for the program and those of us that enjoyed reading tales of his workouts these past three years.
I was once again reminded of this when I picked up my Chicago Tribune today. Every Sunday the columnist Teddy Greenstein (known to the MGoBlog community for his insane coaching search rumors) recounts a round of golf he played the past week with a famous sports personality or athlete. This week his golf partner was none other than Charles Woodson.
In the piece Woodson expresses his love for Michigan and is generally positive. But what stood out to me was this shocking quote about former S&C coach Mike Gittleson:
"The philosophy of my strength coach at Michigan (Mike Gittleson) was 'No stretching,'" Woodson recalled. "If you're walking across the street and a car is going to hit you, will you stop to stretch?"
It is pretty amazing to me that this guy lasted as long as he did in the S&C field with this type of philosophy. And it may also be a clue as to why the fitness of the team deteriorated over the last few seasons under Carr.