Kirk Herbstreit explains why he thinks Scott Cochran left Alabama for Georgia
Alabama strength coach Scott Cochran left the Crimson Tide to head to Georgia as the Bulldogs’ special teams coordinator on Monday.
On Tuesday, people were still weighing in on the move, and that included popular ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit.
Herbstreit joined “The Paul Finebaum Show” on Tuesday, explaining that he thinks it was simply Cochran wanting to move into an on-field coaching role and Alabama wanting him to stay involved with the strength program (via 247Sports):
“I think one thing people need to keep in mind — Scott did such a good job of the branding of who he is and what Alabama’s strength program is,” Herbstreit said. “They’ve gone out and recruited high level players and bringing them in and a big part of their development is Scott Cochran.
“In his own mind, he wanted to go. He said, ‘Hey, I want to get on the field and coach.’ It seems like this has been going on for awhile. Saban did not necessarily look at that as an option. He said, ‘Hey, you’re great in your lane and we prefer to keep you there.’ Once Kirby (Smart) left, I think it set the wheels in motion even though he kept doing a good job with the strength program and I think he was vying for a way to get on the field as a coach and maybe one day become a head coach.”
Cochran is betting on himself, so we’ll see if that move pays off in Athens.