Georgia Tech Basketball Coach Brian Gregory Walks the Walk With Summer Conditioning by Participating in His Own Team Exercises
Georgia Tech men's basketball coach Brian Gregory has proof that he's a players' coach.
The Yellow Jackets head coach posted photos of himself working out with his players during a Georgia Tech "Team Leadership and Toughness" workout, collegespun.com reported.
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According to the report, "Gregory was putting his team through 'team leadership and toughness training,' which consisted of players ditching the hardwood for the gridiron. Players had to squat back-to-back with teammates, drag each other across the field, and hold crazy weights above their heads for as long as possible. The best part? Coach Gregory made sure participated as well."
Gregory tweeted photos of each of the three exercises.
The report also lauded the coach for doing something that would earn the players' respect. In one of the photos, Gregory allows Yellow Jackets player sophomore forward Robert Carter to drag him across the field, tweeting, "Robert Carter is tough and smart! Picked the smallest guy to drag!"
Georgia Tech finished 16-15 in 2012-13, losing in the first round of the ACC Tournament and missing the postseason. But the Yellow Jackets made a five-game improvement from Gregory's first year in 2011-12.
The team returns its top four scorers from a season ago and is trying to build the offseason camaraderie that will help it mesh together in 2013-14.
Correction: Sports World News erroneously reported on June 30, 2013 that Gregory's participation in the offseason workout could be an NCAA violation. An NCAA bylaw allows coaches to work with their players in required basketball skill instruction. The rule states:
"In basketball, a student-athlete who is enrolled in summer school may engage in required weight-training, conditioning and skill-related instruction for up to eight weeks (not required to be consecutive weeks). Participation in such activities shall be limited to a maximum of eight hours per week with not more than two hours per week spent on skill-related instruction. An individual who is not eligible to use the exception to summer school enrollment (Bylaw 220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168) may participate only during the period of the institution's summer term or terms (opening day of classes through last day of final exams) in which the student-athlete is enrolled."