University of Alabama head coach Nick Saban announced Monday that strength and conditioning coach Scott Cochran would remain in his current position with the Crimson Tide.

Cochran has been a part of the Alabama football program for each of the last nine seasons and is widely regarded as one of the best strength and conditioning coaches in college football.

“I’m very happy that Scott Cochran will continue to lead our strength and conditioning program," Nick Saban said in a statement released by Alabama. "He’s an important part of our program and does an outstanding job. The players really respond to him, and his role has been a big part of what we have been able to accomplish in terms of our success here both on and off the field.”

There was speculation that Cochran could follow Kirby Smart to Georgia when he became the head coach, but the LSU graduate will remain a part of the Crimson Tide staff.

“I appreciate everything The University of Alabama has done for me and my family during our nine years here," Cochran said in a statement released by Alabama. "It’s a privilege and an honor to work at such a special place. What makes it so special are the people here and all of the fans who support the Crimson Tide. I’m just fired up to be a part of this program and helping to continue the success we’ve had. I’m grateful for the chance to work with our players each day, and that’s what this is really about. Coach Saban has been great to us, and I want to thank him for all the opportunities he has given us. Roll Tide!”

Alabama continues preparations for the College Football Playoff Cotton Bowl matchup against Michigan State on December 31.