Dogs' new strength coach seeks strong finish

As Georgia's new head strength and conditioning coach, Joe Tereshinski has one goal in mind.


He intends to take back the fourth quarter.

"The whole culture that we're going with is we're gonna prepare this team for the fourth quarter," Tereshinski said Friday. "Georgia used to be known that in the fourth quarter, they won.

"We're gonna press and challenge these kids every day to overcome. They're gonna have to overcome. They're gonna have to go where they haven't been," he continued. "The only way you do that is you get a young man to get a group pushing and working so hard, they think they can't go any further and they go further."

Georgia emphasized the motto "Finish the Drill" when coach Mark Richt arrived in 2001, bringing noted strength coach Dave Van Halanger and his famed mat drills conditioning workouts with him from Florida State. Van Halanger has been reassigned.

Georgia has faced 22 BCS-conference opponents the past two seasons but the Bulldogs have outscored their opponent in the fourth quarter only eight times in that stretch.

ACC CHAMPIONSHIP: When the Atlantic Coast Conference raided the Big East to form a 12-team league, it had grand visions of turning the conference into a football powerhouse that would regularly be in the national championship picture.

Tonight's title game between No. 12 Virginia Tech and 20th-ranked Florida State will mark the sixth time in as many years it will have no say in the BCS title picture.

At least this time the stands will be full -- as long as fans brave a potential cold rain. The move to Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C., will make for a chilly night, but produce far warmer fan support after five years of mostly dismal crowds and little buzz in Florida. It's perhaps the first step to decide more than which team goes to the Orange Bowl. Tonight's loser will play in the Chick-fil-A Bowl in Atlanta.

COLLEGE HALL OF FAME: When the College Football Hall of Fame settles into its new home in Atlanta, it will be an interactive experience that celebrates the sights and sounds of the game.

The site for the Hall of Fame was unveiled on Friday, along with renderings of the facility that is scheduled to open in March 2013. The pictures showed a three- or four-story building that resembles a football on the outside, an entrance that recreates the experience of walking through a stadium tunnel, and an open-air atrium that gives visitors the feeling of actually being on the field.

The hall is moving from South Bend, Ind., where it's been plagued by low attendance.