Nick Saban’s staff at Alabama lost a major component with today’s news that strength and conditioning coach Scott Cochran was leaving for Georgia. Cochran is reportedly set to become the Bulldogs’ special teams coordinator.
Cochran has been with Saban since his LSU days and has worked at Alabama since 2007. He’s been praised countless times for the work he’s done behind-the-scenes to help build the Crimson Tide dynasty.
As it turns out, Cochran was looking for a different role, which is why going to Georgia appealed to him. The chance to work on the field was too good to pass up.
Saban confirmed this to ESPN’s Chris Low this afternoon. While acknowledging the impressive resume Cochran compiled in Tuscaloosa, Saban admitted he wasn’t willing to move him into an on-field position.
Therefore, Cochran had no choice but to go to UGA if he wanted to take the next step in his career.
In talking today to Nick Saban, he’s quick to credit Scott Cochran for what he meant to @AlabamaFTBL. But Saban also told me Cochran wanted to pursue a new career path as an on-the-field coach, which Saban understands, but Saban wasn’t ready to go that route with him at Bama.
— Chris Low (@ClowESPN) February 24, 2020
On one hand, there is a measure of risk to this move for Georgia. After all, Cochran has never worked in an on-field capacity at the collegiate level.
However, poaching him makes Alabama weaker, and it also signals Kirby Smart’s commitment to keeping his program going at an elite level. If Cochran can be a force in recruiting, it’s an even better hire.