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Blog: New strength hire; Brown on fast track; Richt speaks on Sam

Some Georgia football-related topics to touch on heading into the weekend:

–New strength and conditioning assistant Gus Felder not only played offensive tackle at Penn State (1998-2002) but worked later as a strength assistant for John Thomas there. Thomas is now Joe Tereshinski’s top assistant at Georgia as associate strength and conditioning coach.

Felder, hired from Clark Atlanta where he was head strength coach, will make $80,000 annually.

“Gus has a tremendous background in football in general and strength and conditioning specifically,” coach Mark Richt said. “He’ll be a great addition to our staff and I’m sure our players will respond to him in a very positive way.”

–Speaking of strength staff members, former Georgia running back Thomas Brown continues to quickly climb the coaching ladder.

Brown is being hired as running backs coach at Wisconsin, he confirmed to 247sports.

As a freshman, Brown rushed for 111 yards and a touchdown against the Badgers in Georgia’s 24-21 Outback Bowl victory at the end of the 2004 season.

Brown spent last season at Marshall and one at Tennessee-Chattanooga. He briefly was on staff at Georgia State before going to Marshall. He was on Georgia’s strength staff in the 2011 season.

–Richt spent about 12 and a half minutes on the phone with beat writers yesterday, touching on a few topics, but the recent news about former Missouri defensive end Michael Sam coming out as gay never came up.

Richt was later asked during an appearance on ESPN radio 105.1 FM in Chattanooga how he and the Georgia program would have handled a player coming out.

“Well, I think that football’s a game where there’s a lot diversity in a lot of ways,” Richt said. “There’s guys that are big, guys that are medium sized and guys that are small and guys that are fast and guys that are stronger than others, guys that believe one thing and believe another thing. That’s kind of the beauty of football, we kind of need each other. You have all these different athlete body-types and all these kind of diversities and where guys came from across the country and what they might believe in and what color their skin is. The bottom line is we all need each other to win and the best guy plays. Everybody’s a part of the team, everybody’s important. I think everybody would have been fine.”

–Tight end Arthur Lynch and quarterback Aaron Murray are at the NFL combine this week.

Also invited is former Georgia running back Isaiah Crowell, who entered the draft after his junior season at Alabama State.

Crowell, who was dismissed from the Bulldogs in the summer of 2012, was listed as one of the 10 “most controversial prospects” by Nolan Nawrocki of NFL.com. Crowell is called “extremely immature and has a history of off-field issues. Can be difficult to coach.”

The running backs are scheduled to have their on-field workouts on Sunday.

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