Jumbo Package: The Lane Train weighs in on Cochran moving to Georgia

Happy Thursday, everyone. As Roger already told you, the baseball team stayed unbeaten with a 9-0 win over MTSU. Great start for Coach Bo’s squad.

Unfortunately we never got any word on John Petty.

Hope for the best, obviously.

Lane Kiffin chimed in on the Scott Cochran news.

AL.com reported, citing sources, earlier this week Cochran had told people close to him that he would like to one day be a head coach and had talked to Kiffin earlier in the offseason about a potential on-field job at Ole Miss.

Scott’s one of the most energetic coaches I have worked with. He developed great relationships with our players while I was at Alabama. I know that he will be successful as he moves on the field with Kirby at Georgia and I believe will be a head coach one day.

Maybe he will. It still seems odd that a SEC program with national title aspirations would use a spot on a guy with no actual coaching experience, though. Andy Staples was asked why Saban didn’t promote him, and for the most part he had it right. This quote though, is not.

One of Saban or Cochran is going to be proven correct over the next few years, and one is going to be proven wrong. Maybe Saban is correct, and Cochran is at his best in the weight room. But maybe Cochran is correct, and he’s capable of more. He’s certainly not the first high-performing role player whose employer only saw him one way. Such people have two choices: Stay in the old role and try to be happy with it or bet on themselves and try to prove they can be something else entirely. Cochran opted for the second choice.

Saban’s decision not to let Scott have an on field role at this stage of his career doesn’t mean that he believes he could never do the job. It means that he didn’t think that Scott was ready for that kind of role at Alabama.

Jedrick Wills made an interesting comment.

It turns out, according to Wills, the best pass rusher he faced was in the Big Ten and wears and winged helmet.

“Actually, it wasn’t in the SEC,” Wills said. “It was the last game of the year against Michigan. It was Josh Uche. He was a really good pass rusher. Has some counter moves, some speed to him. So it was a good matchup that I went against.”

Wills has faced several first round talents in his career, so this is both a huge compliment and something of a head scratcher.

Last, Saban added a graduate assistant from Cincinnati.

A three-time All-Big Ten selection at Michigan State, Bullough spent three seasons with the Houston Texans after joining the team as an undrafted free agent in 2014.

Bullough started four games for the Texans and made a combined 55 tackles in 2015 and 2016.

A former NFL linebacker should be good for the massive crop of young LBs we have behind Dylan Moses and Josh McMillon.

That’s about it for now. Have a great day.

Roll Tide.

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Josh Chatham

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