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Here's what you need to know this week:
Football is Alive and Well in the South
"We're gonna start writing a new history about the University of Kentucky Football," says UK Athletic President Eli Capiluoto as he unveils the brand new UK Football Training Center.
The $45 million facility boasts a 15,000 square foot weight room outfitted with top of the line Sorinex Equipment, hot and cold tubs, an underwater treadmill, an executive chef, fully stocked kitchen and a new team locker room (each of the 120 lockers will, of course, be personalized with each players name, number and photo).
Is anyone else feeling a bit of envy for those athletes? SEC Championship or bust, Kentucky!
And just a touch over 300 miles to the south, The University of Clemson is wrapping up construction on their brand new, $55 million training center (complete with a players lounge that includes a nap room, barbershop, arcade and laser tag, amongst other important things, like, you know, a weight room).
Speaking of the South...
Have you seen Last Chance U? If not, what exactly are you waiting for?!
Here's the basics - Eastern Mississippi Community College is a JUCO Powerhouse on a quest to win their fourth national championship in five seasons. As expected, the path is ripe with challenges, twists and turmoil.
The series follows The Lions from preseason training all the way to a DRAMATIC finish of the 2015 football season. Much like any football season, there are numberous highs, numerous lows and of course the struggle and growth that occurs between each.
Seriously, do yourself a favor and binge watch this series over the weekend.
Iowa Strength Coach Would Be Highest Paid Public Employee in 9 States
Chris Doyle is the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at the University of Iowa, and he just got PAID - to the tune of $595,000 per year.
“Most of the people who follow our program know that what’s very important to (Iowa head coach) Kirk (Ferentz) is student-athlete development — physically, mentally, leadership,” Iowa’s athletic director Gary Barta told USA Today. “He relies heavily on Chris’s role in that.”
It all started in June when perennial powerhouse Alabama upped their head S/C coaches salary to $525,000 per year.
We see the industry trending in this direction.
Top schools are beginning to see the insane value that a strength coach brings to a team and they're beginning to invest in the strength coach the same way they would invest in a coordinator.
Side note: just imagine the garage gym you could build with that salary!
CrossFit Team Series Kicks Off Soon, Lift Off Coming Next
The fall is a notoriously slow time for the World Series of Fitness, but CrossFit HQ has done a great job the past few years keeping interest and engagement high with the launch of the Team Series, and most recently the CrossFit Lift Off.
The CrossFit Team Series is a four person team competition that kicks off on Sept 6. Much like any competitive CrossFit Event, these workouts are grueling. We're sure Castro has some great ideas up his sleeve this year.
Coming up in November is the CrossFit Lift Off. As a way to be more attractive and inclusive to a traditionally reclusive audice (Weightlifters, I'm talking to you), The HQ team has done a great job of building an online Weightlifting competition (with a met-con thrown in for good measure).
The CrossFit Lift Off kicks off on November 3rd.
This Week In People Being Their Best
Travis Rudolph, a Florida State Wide Reciever, was on a visit with his teammates to Montford Middle School. During the lunch break, Travis noticed a boy sitting all by himself and, being a good dude, asked to join.
The boy was receptive and the two had lunch together. “He started off and was so open. He told me his name was Bo, and how much he loves Florida State, and he went from there," Rudolph said.
Rudolph ate pizza, and Bo, who is autistic, ate his lunch he brought from home.
An onlooker snapped a photo and send it to the boy's mother, who then posted to Facebook:
“I'm not sure what exactly made this incredibly kind man share a lunch table with my son, but I'm happy to say that it will not soon be forgotten,” she wrote. “This is one day I didn't have to worry if my sweet boy ate lunch alone, because he sat across from someone who is a hero in many eyes.
Head Coach Jimbo Fisher weighed in on how being a good person can affect others in a great way. “You can affect people in a lot of ways. That’s the way you affect people,” Fisher said. “Make somebody’s day by being yourself, and going and spreading the word, and understanding the impact you have as an athlete and role model to people in the community.”
Good on ya, Rudolph.
And in totally unrelated news, Miami Fullback Marquez Williams Power Cleans 381 and team goes nuts.
We love what goes down in the weight room.
Nice work, Coach Felder!