Kirby Smart is not done putting together his new staff at Georgia, but it won’t include Scott Cochran.
Alabama’s strength and conditioning coach told the school he’ll be back for a 10th year in 2016. What looked like a tough decision — join Smart or stay with Saban? — from the outside might not have been much of a thinker.
The Tuscaloosa News‘ Aaron Suttles reports that Cochran “needs one more year in the state retirement system to be fully vested.”
BleacherReport.com’s Chris Walsh added that Cochran will be making $420,000 in Tuscaloosa next season.
The 2001 LSU grad has been a vital part of Saban’s success; he was on staff for all four of the coach’s championship seasons (including LSU’s run in 2003), and also spent three seasons as an assistant strength coach for the NBA’s New Orleans Pelicans.
“I’m just fired up to be a part of this program and helping to continue the success we’ve had,” he said Monday. “I’m grateful for the chance to work with our players each day, and that’s what this is really about.”