So, don’t know if you saw it, but this story about Scott Cochran’s end days at Alabama popped yesterday. Some people saw it as a big deal (hello, PAWWWLLL!!! and listeners), but I read it and it lacks a certain internal logic to me.
At one point, there’s this:
It was part of growing friction between Saban and Cochran that seemed to come to a head around that point. Cochran was mentally ready to leave after the Ole Miss situation. Saban, meanwhile, had concerns about numbers and results from a strength and conditioning standpoint and wanted tweaks made to the program. Sources said Saban began “riding Cochran mercilessly in front of staff.”
At this point, Cochran was even more determined to find an on-field opportunity elsewhere.
Yeah, that sounds exactly like the guy who famously proclaims he doesn’t have time for shit. If he wanted Cochran gone, why go through the high school stuff?
Which that brings us to this contradictory take:
Once he had Smart on board with the hire, Cochran met with Saban to inform him of his intention to leave Alabama last Monday. Saban quickly became resigned to the fact he couldn’t do anything to keep his trusted lieutenant when he realized Cochran had already made up his mind. Contrary to a narrative that’s begun to emerge in light of Cochran taking a pay cut to go to Georgia, Saban didn’t force Cochran out.
“Saban really wanting him out is so not true,” one source said. “At all.”
There you have it, dueling narratives which really sound like a couple of camps trying to spin their way out of what happened. Or maybe some of the Tide faithful trying to rationalize Cochran’s departure as a net plus for the program.
For what it’s worth, it’s hard for me to believe that Saban wanted to run Cochran’s ass out of town. I don’t think that’s a contradictory position to also believing that Saban wanted Cochran to remain in the position where he had the greatest value for the program.
Even Roll ‘Bama Roll appears to have a similar opinion.