In a recent interview with Bruce Feldman, Louisiana-Lafayette head coach Mark Hudspeth revealed that he is currently benching 380 pounds and wants to work up to 400 by the start of the season. This isn’t the first piece of evidence regarding Hudspeth’s feats of strength.
Here’s a video of him putting up 25 reps of 225 from a year ago:
Hudspeth told Feldman it ties back to his philosophy of leading by example. “My favorite quote of all time is ‘the speed of the leader is the speed of the pack,’ and that’s why I try to bring a lot of energy and a lot of juice, chasing guys around.”
“Same thing in the weight room,” Hudspeth continued. “I want them to see me in the weight room. See me running, see me “protecting the house” as I run around the stadium, because I want them to think I’m all in with them. Not just some big, overweight coach that’s got a dip in that’s telling his guys to ‘play hard and to work out hard.’ I believe that if they respect you and they see that you work hard and they see the energy and passion that you have hopefully that’ll rub off on them.”
Temple head coach Matt Rhule apparently heard the podcast, and Hudspeth’s words affected him. So much so that he decided to run with his own team.
It didn’t work out so well for him.
— Matt Rhule (@CoachMattRhule) July 15, 2014
Rhule should have quite the icebreaker at American media days later this month.