The Dolphins are set to make their first trip to the Meadowlands since the infamous sideline tripping incident involving former Jets strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi. It was Alosi who had joined with several players on the sidelines to create a wall on a punt return. When Dolphins punt coverage "gunner" Nolan Carroll ran up the field and onto the Jets' sideline, Alosi stuck out his leg and tripped him.
Alosi initially denied doing anything illegal, but quickly fessed up to his error and was suspended by the team. He was eventually fired and is now a strength and conditioning coach at Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island.
Mike Berardino of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel attempted to contact Alosi this week, but he offered a statement through the school.
“I am grateful for the opportunity that President [Ronald K.] Machtley and Bill Smith have given me here at Bryant University,” Alosi, a former Hofstra linebacker, said in his statement. “I have moved on from what occurred in the past, and I am grateful for the chance to work with all of the student-athletes here at Bryant.”
Smith added in a statement: “Following the departure of our previous strength and conditioning coach just prior to preseason, we were contacted by Sal in regards to the position. After speaking with him directly, we are certain we hired not only an outstanding strength coach to work with our student-athletes, but also an outstanding individual.
“Sal has moved on in his career, accepting all responsibilities from the past, and in just a short time has already made significant improvements in the areas of strength and conditioning with our teams.”