It was so hot that my leather wallet, nestled in my back pocket, changed colors to a darker shade. At 3:00 p.m. on a July day in Chapel Hill, it tends to be that way.
Though my wardrobe did begin to wilt, the same could not be said of the spirits of the Tar Heel football team. Though this writer has no previous experience to compare it with, if the spirits of the team during the competitive tests taking place at Camp Connors are any indication, the morale on the UNC football team is extremely high.
"Camp Connors" is shorthand for the summer strength and conditioning program at UNC. Strength and Conditioning director Jeff Connors uses a series of competitions, called "Fourth Quarter Carolina Pride" to challenge his charges.
The offensive linemen compete against the defensive linemen, the offensive "combo" athletes -- the fullbacks and tight ends -- against their defensive counterparts -- the linebackers, while the wide receivers and tail backs compete against the defensive secondary.
The tests cover the range of skills necessary to compete at this level. Bench press, squat, forty speed, and a variety of offbeat events like the "stadium run." In that event, the contestents must pinch-grip a fifty-pound barbell weight in each hand and lug it up the stadium steps at Kenan.
Inside Carolina will update readers on the final tabulations of the tests -- not the individual specs of each test, but the results in terms of which Tar Heels made the different levels as established by Coach Connors -- Super Ram, Elite Ram, and Iron Ram -- when those results are available.
In the meantime, be encouraged by the changes in the strength and conditioning program at UNC. It has changed much more than the shade of my wallet.