Scott Cochran to Georgia
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Scott Cochran leaves Alabama Crimson Tide for Georgia

Nick Saban has lost his longest-tenured assistant. Strength and conditioning coach Scott Cochran was hired by Georgia as a special teams coordinator on Monday.

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“We appreciate Scott’s contribution to our organization over the last 13 years," Saban said in a statement released by the university. "We can’t thank him enough for his service and dedication to our program, and his commitment to our players. He is taking his career in a new direction, and we wish Scott, Cissy and the kids the best. As we do with every position that opens here, we will go out and hire the best person to lead our strength and conditioning program and help our players maximize the resources available in our new sports science facility.”

Cochran has been a part of Saban’s staff since his first season in charge of the Crimson Tide in 2007. Georgia head coach Kirby Smart previously made a run at hiring Cochran after taking over the Bulldogs in 2015. Cochran is currently making $595,000 at Alabama.

Cochran's famous "Yeah, Yeah, Yeah Yeah" chant is displayed on the video board during games inside Bryant-Denny Stadium. He is also known for holding up four fingers throughout the entirety of the fourth quarter. Cochran is viewed as the key contributor to Alabama's “Fourth Quarter Program” and has been described as an essential cog in Saban's "Process" approach to coaching.

“Coach Cochran is a tremendous help for me being able to say that, that I can outwork anybody,” former Alabama defensive lineman Quinnen Williams said. “The things that we do here aren’t normal, out the roof on the way we condition, the way we work out, the way we carry ourselves every day.”

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Alabama Crimson Tide strength and conditioning coach Scott Cochran. Photo | Getty Images
Alabama Crimson Tide strength and conditioning coach Scott Cochran. Photo | Getty Images