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Armstrong up for UGA job (UPDATE)

One of the new hires onto strength coach Joe Tereshinski's staff at UGA won't be targeting strength as much as it is speed.

Armstrong was a four-time All-American in track and field at the University of Illinois.

Sherman Armstrong, a former professional sprinter and the coordinator of V.A.S.T. Sports Performance in Tampa, Fla., confirmed Wednesday night that he has accepted a job as a full-time assistant coach on UGA's strength staff. (SEE UPDATE BELOW)

UGA has not to this point confirmed Armstrong's hire.

However, Armstrong told Dawgs247 he plans to start by March 1 and will be filling the spot on Tereshinski's staff left vacant by Thomas Brown's recent move to UT-Chattanooga.

"I believe I'm to replace him, but my role is two-fold," Armstrong said. "My primary role is to help our athletes get faster, loosen their hips up and pretty much improve the team's overall speed at every position.

"That's the No. 1 goal. And then to also assist Coach T and the staff in helping our athletes develop strength."

A former sprinter at the University of Illinois, the 33-year-old Armstrong ran professionally before he began training athletes during the past decades. His business began moving more toward football players.

Armstrong has worked with many college and NFL players, including Reggie Bush, Dominique Franks and Chris Owens of the Atlanta Falcons, former UGA safety Reshad Jones of the Miami Dolphins and current UGA quarterback and Tampa native Aaron Murray.

It's that relationship with Murray, Armstrong said, that helped lead to this opportunity.

"I was able to help him get faster and stronger," Armstrong said of Murray. "He showed up at the University of Georgia in the best shape of his life. ... That's kind of how it came about."

Armstrong said he applied for the job and received a call-back from Tereshinski to interview last week in Athens.

While Armstrong said "It wasn't always a goal," for him to take on a full-time role with a collegiate program, "I had the good opportunity," he added.

"This program allows me to work with one cohesive unit that has one similar goal," he said. "It's not just a group of random athletes from random universities."

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UPDATE: Thurs, 8:02 a.m.

Armstrong called on Thursday morning to clarify Wednesday night's confirmation and now say "I have not accepted the job as yet, but I'm a highly favored candidate for it. ... They're still kind of working on the details."

Armstrong did say, however, that the job at UGA would still start on March 1

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