USC's new football dietitian

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  2. uscvball

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    Glad to see it and it's about time. Resume isn't exactly robust, only got her Bachelor's (LSU) in 2018 plus 1 year at a sports performance facility in Baton Rouge. Still a good sign over nothing.
     
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    In other words they didn't hire the best. They went the cheap route like the Clay Helton hire. Not surprised. She can come in and learn on the job with Claydo.
     
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    It’s about time. Oregon has had a dietitian in their program for a while now and shows us how far behind SC is.
     
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    But she’s a hottie
     
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    You were expecting Emeril? Obviously our LSU connections are at work and let's face it, she is going to be calling any plays (might still do better than Clay), just advising our football players what to eat and having a say on the menu when they eat at the McKay Center.
     
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    Oh come on. We are talking dietician here and she has over a year at a significant sports performance facility at LSU. Have you seen the LSU facilities for their football players? They have spared no expense and I would guess the performance facility is first class. At any rate, the education of nutritionists is very hands on throughout their education and I would hardly worry that she is learning on the job. Anyway, I doubt that a dietician is going to make or break our team one way or the other.
     
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    Nothing to do with LSU connections. If she was good enough, she'd have been working for them....but she wasn't. Nutrition and diet for sports performance is a raging field right now and it's a key element among top programs who have been far more focused on it than USC. In 2019 "LSU finished its new football operations facility. The front of the structure housed a performance nutrition center, and LSU had already hired an executive chef, Michael Johnson, from the Seattle Seahawks." They then hired Zach Bennett. Bennett had "two seasons as an assistant sports dietitian at Texas where he worked with the football, men’s and women’s basketball, and track & field teams.

    Bennett earned his bachelor’s degree in Dietetics from Georgia in 2013 and his master’s in exercise science from Florida State in 2015. He spent his first year after his master’s with Georgia as a sports nutritionist for the men’s basketball, men’s and women’s golf, and women’s tennis teams. Bennett followed that experience with a performance nutrition fellowship at Michigan where he worked wit the women’s basketball, field hockey, wrestling, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s golf, and water polo teams.

    Bennett is an active member of the Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitians Association (CPSDA). His is a board-certified specialist in sports dietetics (CSSD) and a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS)."

    A significant sports performance facility? Maybe, but it isn't located at LSU. She has minimal experience compared to other significant programs. A review.....

    At Alabama....

    In 2018-"Fueled By Bama,” the new $15 million-plus addition to the Mal Moore Athletic Building complex, has its official opening on Aug. 1, the day before Crimson Tide football players report to begin practice on Aug. 3.

    Monday afternoon there was an official ribbon cutting and reporters were able to tour the two-story, 25,000-square foot dining facility....Amy Bragg is director of performance nutrition for the athletics department. Under her is executive performance chef Kevin Murray and four other chefs, four registered dieticians, and over 20 assistants. When the facility opens, at least two chefs will be on duty at all times. Saban said, “We all want to reinvest in the student-athletes that we have here and for them to get the first-class quality nutrition and have a facility that obviously will serve them well and also attract great recruits here in the future, something that’s very important to the continued success of all programs at the university, just not the football program. But from a football program standpoint, I know our players certainly appreciate this kind of facility.”

    He also reiterated Greg Byrne’s commitment to Alabama having the best of everything. Saban said, “We can have the attitude that we’re pretty good, so people should want to come here because we’re pretty good. Or we can have the attitude that people expect to see the best and have the best when they come here. And this is obviously going to be an indication of our commitment to the standard of excellence of being the best, and I think this is something that will help us continue to be successful in the future.”

    At Clemson...

    In July 2016, Clemson hired Paul Harrington as the full-time Director of Football Nutrition. Harrington, a board certified sports dietitian and registered dietitian nutritionist among other titles, is one of only a few nutritionists designated solely for college football nationwide.

    He received degrees at Florida and Auburn before working at Alabama as Assistant Director of Performance Nutrition for three years prior to coming to Clemson. This summer, Clemson hired Donna McCain as full-time Executive Performance Chef for Clemson Football. McCain comes to Clemson from Alabama, where she held the title of a performance chef (all sports) for two years.

    McCain received her undergraduate degree in Culinary Nutrition from Johnson & Wales University and her Master's Degree in Human Nutrition from Alabama.

    Additionally, Hali Foreman joined Clemson football this summer as a performance chef. Foreman graduated from Johnson & Wales and interned in Georgia's athletic department last year. She previously interned in Alabama's athletic department. Foreman is contracted at Clemson through Aramark. "

    At Georgia...

    Collier Perno, a native of Athens, was named Director of Football Performance Nutrition at Georgia in February of 2019.

    Perno came to Georgia after serving in a similar capacity at the University of Florida. She was the Gators’ Coordinator of Sports Nutrition for two years, beginning in May of 2015, and was named Head of Sports Nutrition for the football program in April of 2017.

    Perno earned her B.S. degree in Human Environmental Sciences, Food and Nutrition from the University of Alabama in 2013. She earned her Master’s degree in Dietetics from Georgia State University in 2014.

    At Oregon...

    Taylor Hughes has been the full-time sports dietician for football for several years. She started as a dietetic intern in 2016 but the last 4 years has been in charge. She directly oversees football, acrobatics and tumbling and was herself, a softball player. She currently also oversees fuel station management and ordering, scheduling and development of student interns, and nutrition programming for individual teams. She has a BS in Human Movement and Health Science Ed and an MA in Dietetics where she also completed her Dietetic internship. She is a RD, LD, and Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics.


    So go ahead and think that a recent college grad with one year of work experience is on the level of these other programs but we have just started where other programs have made serious investments.
     
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    Thank you, great information, and I consider myself better educated! Fight on! Perhaps this effort is getting started in an aspect of the program that hasn't been addressed in the past? But you are correct in stating that we are behind others.
     
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    Better late than never! proper Nutrition is vital for optimum performance. Great move USC
    Fight On indeed,,,,,
     
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    Good step in the right direction. As pointed out, other top programs have been doing this for years. There's no excuse that USC isn't also trying to be among the best. I'd imagine that even middling programs have similar setups, but perhaps just don't have the resources like Bama, Clemson, et al.

    A great coach might be able to overcome shortcomings in the football infrastructure of a school, but we all know the score there.
     
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    Ok Bohn you are setting up the side dishes around the dinner table, now you just need to change out the main course, since we are talking in food terms. Get rid of the turkey and let’s get in some prime rib!
    Fight On!
     
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    One hint of kale, alfalfa sprouts, or tofu and SHE'S OUTTA HERE!
     
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    I hear kettle corn, gummy bears and lots of Diet Coke will be the new staple. It will help with recruiting.
     
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    If it brings in the best recruits, I will donate cases of Mountain Dew and boxes of Slim Jims.

    But I'm sure our new dietician knows that the best diets for playing football are full of

    Peas
    Edamame
    Deviled Eggs
    Salad
     
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    At MMQB after Furd upset Coach O told us team got ribeyes. Feed the beasts ✌️
     
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    She’s putting them all on keto and Atkins. Need to look good in their skinny jeans and mini jackets.
     
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    I am no dietician, but I would simply hand all the linemen a scale and tell them to keep eating steaks and hams till this thing reads 335.
     
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    Hearing that most of the country's supply of Peas, Edamame, Deviled Eggs, and Salad are going to Tuscaloosa, Athens, Clemson, and Columbus. They have cornered the market.
     
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    Intermittent fasting.
     

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