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Blog: Investing in strength staff; more from `Sunshine’ visit; Richt tackles digital age

The newest member of Georgia’s strength and conditioning staff was hired at a salary twice that of the person he replaced.

Justin Lovett, who spent the past two years on the strength and conditioning staff of the NFL’s Denver Broncos, will make $70,000 a year as an assistant. He replaces former Bulldogs linebacker Tony Gilbert, who left to become a graduate assistant coach at Auburn.

That pushes the total salary for Georgia’s overhauled strength staff to $445,000. That’s more than $100,000 what Georgia paid its strength staff last season when it had five full-time staffers and a part-time assistant.

Joe Tereshinski, who holds the title of senior director of strength and conditioning, earns $150,000 annually. Former Penn State strength director John Thomas makes $140,000 and speed coach Sherman Armstrong is at $85,000.

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Georgia players continued the program’s annual trips to Camp Sunshine in Rutledge on Wednesday.

Among the players there were early enrollees Keith Marshall and Faton Bauta and junior college transfer Mark Beard.

They have been off limits for interviews since signing day, but they certainly were allowed to chat with the campers who are cancer patients.

Bauta, the quarterback from West Palm Beach, Fla., who is the son of Albanian immigrants, had this exchange:

Camper: ‚ÄúWhat‚Äôs your name?”

Bauta:¬† “Faton. It‚Äôs weird, right?‚Äù

The 6-foot-5, 300-pound Beard, an offensive lineman, played some basketball with campers. He was launching 3-pointers.

“He needs to stick with football,” offensive tackle Kenarious Gates said. “He loves OKC. He loves the Thunder. …Mark Beard is just bad in the game of basketball. He needs skills like me, as you know, playing high school basketball. I still got a little skill on me.”

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Microsoft announced Monday that it’s getting into the tablet market with Surface.

That should mean more moments like these in future news conferences.

“Are you reading a book or are you recording?” Georgia coach Mark Richt asked someone last week who held their tablet up while he was answering questions at the Peach State Pigskin Preview at the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame.

Told he was being recording, Richt responded: “A Kindle or whatever it is.”

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