Monday, January 13, 2014


I have been listening to some really cool podcasts lately. Steve Austin did one with Stan Efferding that was outstanding regarding real world nutrition. That guy is smart.  Go to and click on the podcast banner on the right hand side. Efferding is the latest one that Austin did from January 9th.

Also, Joe Rogan interviewed Dr. Mark Gordon recently and that too is good. He speaks on supplements, drugs and different fascinating things in the antiaging world. Here is the link. It is number 438.

What else? Watching Duck Commander hunting videos and Rambo. Fascinated by Appalachian Outlaws on History Channel. People going NUTS over Ginseng. Killer.

Do you ever wonder about your decisions and where you would be if you went one way instead of another?

I believe that it was 1991. I was living in North Carolina, coaching Defensive Line and Strength at Gardner- Webb College (now university), I was living with my buddy Lance and my Black Labrador Retriever, Dutch.

Rent was 110.00 dollars each a month for a 2 bedroom apartment. Big Lance and I split all of the bills.

 I could hunt everyday if I wanted to, fish everyday if I wanted to (biggest Small mouth Bass that I ever caught was in the Broad River), and all within a mile of where I lived and worked. Paradise for me. I used to come to staff meetings at 9am with doves in my pocket from my morning hunt. I would clean birds in Study Hall. I could literally finish practice and be fishing in 10 minutes.

I had the best group of defensive lineman at Gardner-Webb. I pushed them hard, but I loved them. I loved everyday at practice because they worked their butts off for me. And my boss, the defensive coordinator Scott Parker, had total faith in me and left me alone with my guys. I learned so much from him, and I was still learning. When you have a boss that you can ask a question to and they don't have that "Joe Coach" mentality where they have to prove that they are "THE MAN" everyday, you can have a super working relationship. He taught me that a defensive end better never ever lose contain and that preparation is the key to success. And he loved Skynyrd, so of course we got along.

Anyway, I had my dog, my hunting and fishing and my defensive line. I had four  Slaw Dogs for a dollar (hot dogs with cole slaw) and I was broke but I was happy.

And then I had a chance to move up, to take a job at Georgia Southern as an Assistant Defensive Line coach. I think that it was as a Graduate Assistant or a Part Time Coach. Free housing in a dorm. Coaching at the best 1AA school in the country at the time.

 My dog couldn't come with me. Now this was Dutch the wonder dog, literally my best friend.

Everyone told me that I had to go, that this was my big break.

I didn't go. I couldn't leave my dog and I loved my guys and the hunting and fishing. People, hell everybody thought that I was stupid.

But you know what? We went to the National Championship the next year, Dutch retrieved multiple ducks and doves and I coached people that I keep in touch with to this day.

I remember people saying, "You are staying because of your dog?" And I was like, "Damn right."

And I sure am glad that I stayed.

All About Being a Lifer

What's a Lifer? Someone who isn't in to something for just a day, a month, a's for life. Whether its training or your family or your doesn't matter. You work at it, you build on it, you see the big picture . You don't miss workouts because it means something to you. You are like a Shakespearean actor- no matter what is going on in your life, you block it out when it's time to train. You walk into the weight room and all else disappears. Worry about it later.