Alabama loses top assistant coaches each and every year. Frankly, the high coaching turnover is simply a sign the Crimson Tide are doing things right.
Nick Saban typically has no issue replacing assistants. The Alabama head coach has a knack for hiring a quality coaching staff. But the Tide may not be able to replace strength coach Scott Cochran.
Not only did the former Alabama assistant leave for a better opportunity this offseason – he took that opportunity with Georgia, one of the Tide’s top competitors in the SEC.
Saban has hired Indiana’s David Ballou to since fill the vacant position. But Cochran’s departure could prove to be the biggest coaching loss of Saban’s career, according to SEC Network analyst Cole Cubelic:
“My personal reaction was, it’s the biggest coaching loss that Nick Saban has suffered since he’s been in Alabama,” Cubelic said, via Saturday Down South. “That has been magnified by the fact that that team had four or five workouts with the new strength staff before this quarantine before they left campus. So, that bond, that chemistry, that expectation, that respect, that desire, that ‘want to do for’ attitude does not exist for these players with that staff. It doesn’t, it can’t, there’s no way.”
Cochran’s one of the most respected strength coaches in the country.
Not to mention, his impact at Alabama can’t be understated.
Cochran’s departure could end up hurting Saban and the Tide down the road.