So, Nick Saban does this interview where he discusses his new S&C coaches and a lot of folks took it as a slap at Scott Cochran because of Alabama’s distressing run of injuries last season. Nick doesn’t need me to step in on his behalf, but I don’t see where he’s dissing Cochran at all. In fact, it sounds like he credits Cochran with trying to get out ahead of the problem here:
“Four or five years ago, these guys were at IMG when actually some of our fourth- and fifth-year players were at IMG and heard a lot about some of the state-of-the-art sports science stuff that they were actually into and doing there, just when you’d visit in recruiting or whatever,” Saban told Gold. “I never really thought much about it, and then when we had this opportunity come up, we researched these guys and they’d done a phenomenal job at Notre Dame of eliminating injuries by something like 50 percent and even better at Indiana.
“So, when they came in and we interviewed them, there was no question that from a sports science standpoint and from a conditioning standpoint they were light-years in advance of what a lot of people have done in their programs for a long, long time, which we’ve done the same thing for a long, long time, too. And we’d actually brought some NFL people at the end of the season because we wondering if there was something that we could do to improve performance and injury prevention because we seemed like we’d gotten a lot of guys hurt this past season.
“So, we were already going down this path…
All I hear in that is Saban pumping up his new guys for going where he was already going. He thinks he made a good hire to replace the guy who was also going where he wanted to go. That’s it.