Mt. Cody and Mandatory Offseason Workouts?

Submitted by Michiganguy19 on January 8th, 2010 at 1:11 AM

So how do you take a guy like Terrence Cody and make him into an All-American? It’s easy you take the offseason workout limitations and you throw them out the window…

Here is a guy playing JUCO football at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College at 410+ lbs; the guy is athletic, but clearly too heavy to make it in Division I. But then he supposedly got a few looks and made it known that he was willing to shed some weight/had done so already…truth to this varies depending on the interview.

“Upon arriving at Alabama Cody and strength and conditioning coach Scott Cochran became inseparable, and 6 a.m. conditioning workouts became the norm…” Some of the other interviews that I have seen go so far as noting that Cochran was beating down his door every morning at 6a.m. ready to workout and eat a protein filled breakfast. I think ESPN put this in a shake and drank it this week.

Remember this claim, daily… so if this is the offseason and there are 7 days in a week. If these too hooked up for required workouts daily = min of 7hrs. This of very simple in calculation, and here are the quotes from fox this week:
Upon arrival in Alabama, Cody became intimately involved with Crimson Tide strength and conditioning coach Scott Cochran, who made mornings a healthy hell.

"He was a pain in the butt most of the time," Cody said of Cochran, "waking me up at six in the morning, coming up there for like 30 minutes of cardio, then I have to turn around and go to class, then be right back up there for workouts, and conditioning after workouts."

This has been bothering me for some time now… clearly he was working all offseason to shed the lbs… and clearly everyone loves the story. But if Rosenberg was here this would be fodder for an all out war on the football coaches?

He had no choice to lose the weight and his scholarship was based on the coaches weight loss plan that was definitely MANDATORY (singled out, etc). Even if you say it was 3-4 hours a week, throw in his required time, and his extra (well monitored and recorded cardio)… Plus whatever Alabama is requiring of a kid that is transferring and needs to study the film, etc.

*I don't know the rules perfectly and I got longwinded, but this was bothering me. It just shows you how much the Michigan alleged scandal is malleable based on whom is reporting it.



January 8th, 2010 at 1:19 AM ^

You could fire off an email to the NCAA enforcement staff about this. It looks like you have your source and your numbers together in a simple enough form for them to understand.

If nothing else, the auto-response from the NCAA enforcement division looks cool in your inbox.

West Texas Blue

January 8th, 2010 at 1:28 AM ^

Other schools does what it takes to win. Only Michigan to deal with has shitty newspapers like the Free Press to write garbage investigative articles that try to bring the school down over mundane shit. The ends always justify the means.


January 8th, 2010 at 8:36 AM ^

If there's evidence that all of this was mandatory (i.e. his scholarship was on the line), you didn't provide it.

But the strength and conditioning coordinator is NOT a coach, so he can pound on anyone's door and make him breakfast and work out with them and there's no potential for violation there.

Sometimes when guys say they "had" to do something, it's not because they were technically required to do it - it's because they were getting social pressure.


January 8th, 2010 at 9:49 AM ^

My understanding is that working out with a strength coach present does not constitute "mandatory" time. He is there because they don't want anyone getting hurt.

The issue with Michigan is a few players took the obvious pressure to go above the minimum as "mandatory", and a few sleazy, idiotic "journalists" jumped all over it to rip RR.

It will be forgotten when the NCAA completes their thing and we start winning.