Scott Cochran, the Alabama football program’s strength coach, got in a little bit of trouble for a stunt he pulled to motivate the Crimson Tide ahead of Monday night’s National Championship matchup with the Georgia Bulldogs.
Cochran raised last year’s runner-up trophy from the College Football Playoff, before smashing it on the ground and beating it with a sledgehammer.
It was the official trophy Alabama received after losing to Clemson in last year’s title game.
Alabama running back Damien Harris spoke on what message smashing the trophy sent to the team.
“I think it sent a message to our team,” Harris said. “I hope people realize we’re not here to play for second place. We’re not here for participation. We’re not just glad to be here.”
Because of the stunt, Cochran was “punished” by going through a small workout.
“I had to do squat-jumps, up-downs. I had to do scrolls, suicide rolls,” Cochran said, via Sporting News.
The good news? Cochran received permission from Nick Saban before destroying the trophy. If he hadn’t, the punishment likely would have been much worse.
You can watch video of Cochran destroying the trophy by clicking the link below.