Salt Lake City radio hosts told us before the Utah game: Utes have elite strength training

We went on the air with KSL Sports radio in Salt Lake City last week, before Utah’s latest win over USC. The radio segment included our own thoughts about USC, which touched on the need to fire USC strength and conditioning coach Bennie Wylie.

The point emerged in our discussion that Utah’s strength and conditioning program is elite and has set the industry standard. The hosts, Scott Mitchell and Alex Kirry, emphasized how much Kyle Whittingham gets out of all his players. Lower-ranked recruits become good, tough, useful, productive players because the strength and conditioning program works very consistently for the Utes.

That toughness always shows up against USC. Utah was clearly the tougher, better team on Saturday, just as it was last year in the Pac-12 Championship Game.

The large gap in strength-training performance between Utah and USC is a very clear and substantial reason why Lincoln Riley has to fire Bennie Wylie and get a significant upgrade at the strength training position on staff.


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Story originally appeared on Trojans Wire