It appears the news about Alabama strength coach Scott Cochran leaving for Georgia and an on-field position on Kirby Smart’s staff is almost official.

The Crimson Tide reportedly held a team meeting at 3 p.m. Central time today, but there was one noticeable absence.

Per a report from Kyle Henderson of Rivals, Cochran wasn’t allowed to address the team before leaving for Georgia:

Considering Cochran has been with the team since 2007, that seems like a petty decision on Alabama’s part.

Cochran has played a big part of every Alabama title under Nick Saban, and to not even let him say goodbye seems a bit ridiculous. If 13 years on Saban’s staff doesn’t at least earn you the chance to say goodbye, that’s pretty rough.