Linked below is a really good article on the psychological component to the football programs at Alabama and Georgia. Both programs share a lot of characteristics due not only to the fact that Georgia head coach Kirby Smart worked at Alabama prior to coming to Athens, but also that long-time Alabama mental conditioning consultant Trevor Moawad followed Smart to join the UGA staff. Sports Illustrated’s Bruce Feldman talks to members of both staff about how they define discipline and the role it plays in each program’s success.
“The ongoing definition around here is to do what you’re supposed to do, when you’re supposed to do it, the way it’s supposed to be done—all of the time,” says Alabama’s head strength and conditioning coach Scott Cochran, who has been with Saban for all six of his national titles, including his first while at LSU. “That is Coach Saban’s definition, and it is ingrained into my head.”