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Tua Tagovailoa Reacts To Scott Cochran Leaving Alabama

Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa injured vs. Mississippi State

FAYETTEVILLE, AR - NOVEMBER 9: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide warms up before a game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Davis Wade Stadium on November 16, 2019 in Starkville, Mississippi. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

Alabama's coaching staff suffered a major blow on Monday, as longtime strength and conditioning coach Scott Cochran will be leaving the program for an on-field role with the Georgia Bulldogs.

Cochran has been on Alabama's staff since 2007, when Nick Saban became the head coach. Over the years plenty of programs have shown interest in him, but the Crimson Tide always found a way to keep him in Tuscaloosa.

The chance to help Georgia's coaching staff in a new role apparently was too good for Cochran to pass up. We'll see him team up again with former Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart.

Tua Tagovailoa spoke at the NFL Combine about Cochran leaving for Georgia. He had nothing but praise for the former strength and conditioning coach, saying "He has been the backbone for the organization there at Alabama."

Saban has lost a plethora of assistant coaches during his tenure in Tuscaloosa. That's what happens when you run a successful football program.

The Crimson Tide are built to overcome losses to their coaching staff, but losing an assistant like Cochran has to be tough.

Alabama is such a notable school that it should have no trouble finding quality replacements for Cochran. Nonetheless, it has to sting for Saban and Co.