Alabama puts new premium on strength

Scott Cochran celebrates both the Tide's strength and conditioning during the SEC Championship Game. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Scott Cochran celebrates both Alabama’s strength and conditioning during the SEC Championship Game. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Just how good is strength and conditioning coach Scott Cochran, the man Alabama seemed most intent upon keeping safe from Kirby Smart’s clutches?

Well, Cochran put an off-the-field coaching position – once a job that mainly consisted of yelling, “One more rep, Sally!” – on a strict program and bulked it up into a half-a-million-dollar-a-year gig.

Now that is some serious muscling up.

It was presumed that when Georgia hired Smart as its new head coach, he would bring along his buddy from the Alabama weight room.

Fearing that the Crimson Tide roster suddenly would be unable to unscrew the lid on pickle jar let alone lift another championship trophy, Alabama presumably threw some more money at Cochran. Monday’s announcement that he was staying put came with projections that his salary would move into the $500,000-a-year neighborhood.

The new strength test at Alabama: How many times can you bench the strength coach’s wallet.

Cochran obviously is very good at what he does. Just look at Alabama’s record as well as its habit of taking possession of the line of scrimmage. That doesn’t come from just doing 12-ounce curls at Bob Baumhower’s sports bar.

Some have pointed out that Alabama’s strength and conditioning guy now stands to make more than the head coaches at places like Georgia Southern, Toledo and Bowling Green. Sorry boys, that’s just life. The VP of Looking Busy at some Fortune 500 company likely makes more than the CEO of a three-man food truck, too.

Of course, when the keeper of the barbells can command a half-mil, there is way too much money being generated by college football. But we all knew that already, didn’t we? Scott Cochran just happened to come along in a golden age.

The bottom line is that Georgia still needs to get bigger and stouter. Hopefully there is someone else out there in this big, wide world who can teach a young player the complex science of the squat.

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Classof98
Classof98

You missed the point, Steve.  The interesting thing is not that he makes more money than the head coach at Bowling Green, it's that the Strength and Conditioning coach for the U of Alabama has a higher salary than the GOVERNOR of Alabama.


Classof98
Classof98

Now isn't that a little more interesting than pointing out that he makes a more money than the coach at Toledo?

loran-whatayagot
loran-whatayagot

He also had only one year left before being fully vested in the State of Alabama retirement system. That make's it easy to convince him to stay along with a few more bucks.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

Lot of butthurt in your article Steve.....


Georgia ...the arrogance of Notre Dame and the record of BYU

OH:IO
OH:IO

Coach Micky Mariotta is better

TOJacket
TOJacket

Like the title of Chip's new article.......A pair of silent but "imposing" figures........LOL....looks like 2 pair?

TOJacket
TOJacket

The size and over-all stature of the Bama players is obviously superior than any other SEC teams?.........guy might go to UGA next year because he will then be vested with the State.

Mulk
Mulk

Wait a minute - I thought that the savior Pruitt brought a strength guy from Bama? You know back when the UGAG beat writers were saying that UGAG looked more like Bama than Bama looked like Bama. Of course, that was before the beat down.

TOJacket
TOJacket

@Mulk I thought savior Pruitt was going to replace Richt?

UGA75
UGA75

Good article Steve, could you put on a clinic for Badly and Schultz so they could write an intelligent column too?