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UPDATE: Scott Cochran Reportedly Leaving Alabama for On-Field Coaching Job at Georgia

Several reports have the long-time Nick Saban strength coach leaving for UGA

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The Nick Saban era has seen several assistants come and go over the years. One constant has been Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Scott Cochran. Cecil Hurt was first to report that Cochran would be leaving Tuscaloosa for Kirby Smart’s Georgia Bulldogs. The speculation is that he will be taking over special teams.

In the past, Smart has tried to lure his good friend away but was rebuffed. This time, he may have finally convinced the high-energy coach to part ways with Alabama.

ESPN’s Chris Low spoke with Coach Saban on Monday:

“Scott did a really good job for us here and was a big part of our success, but he was looking for a new career path,” Saban told ESPN. “He wanted to get on to the field coaching and would like one day, I think, to be a head coach. We didn’t really have anything here to offer him along those lines, and Georgia did. I understand him wanting to take on that path.

”As good as Scott was for us here as our head strength coach, it’s probably best for him and best for us if he’s able to do there at Georgia what he wants to do now with his career.”

From these comments, it could be assumed that Saban did not made any sort of counter-offer. Cochran was one of the highest paid S&C Coaches in the nation. At last report, current Alabama special teams coordinator and tight ends coach Jeff Banks was making about $53,000 less than Cochran.