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Schmidt improves Sooners with gadgets, hard work

If there is a contraption or drill out there that will help construct a stronger, faster Oklahoma player, Jerry Schmidt knows about it, writes Ivan Maisel.

Updated: February 23, 2006, 4:30 PM ET
By Ivan Maisel | ESPN.com

NORMAN, Okla. -- If you set out to find the cutting edge of strength training, it would make sense to start at the University of Oklahoma, where Jerry Schmidt, a Harvard man, has the job title (director of sports enhancement) and the reputation that make it clear he is the 500-pound bench press of strength coaches.

National championships follow the 43-year-old Schmidt from weight room to weight room: His teams earned rings at Notre Dame (1988), in his second year as an assistant at Florida ...

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