Alabama coach Nick Saban is no stranger to staff turnover, but he will enter uncharted territory starting in the 2020 offseason.
Scott Cochran — Saban's head strength and conditioning since 2007 — has left Alabama to become the special teams coach at Georgia under Kirby Smart. Cecil Hurt of The Tuscaloosa News was the first to report the develoment.
The gravel-voiced Cochran became nearly as synonymous with Alabama football as Saban himself, and was a constant for the longtime head coach as he dealt with the annual round of coach turnover. With Cochran's move to Georgia, head athletic trainer Jeff Allen is Saban's only remaining member from his original 2007 football staff.
Cochran's impact on the program can't be understated: He was in charge of running Alabama's vaunted Fourth Quarter Program, the main point of contact with players in the offseason and a master motivator for Crimson Tide players (like when he smashed Alabama's College Football Playoff runner-up trophy.) For Smart to lure Cochran to Athens — something he attempted when he first took the job in 2016 — is a massive victory for the Bulldogs, and perhaps a mental blow to Alabama.
Georgia will travel to play Tuscaloosa in Week 3 of the 2020 college football season.