Jan. 21, 2012; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Scott Cochran, the Alabama Director of Strength and Conditioning, yells to the fans during the Alabama Football National Championship Celebration at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelly Lambert-USA TODAY Sports

Alabama Crimson Tide has a new weight room, in case you hadn't heard

Alabama Crimson Tide football players won’t have to stand around waiting for an exercise machine to open.

The University unveiled its new, $9 million shrine to physical fitness today to an assembled group of media types, led around by Tide strength and conditioning coach and all-around wallflower Scott Cochran.

“Sure, it looks excellent, but at the same time, you and I both know just because you have it and it looks pretty doesn’t mean you’re going to be strong, be tough, be physical,” Cochran told the gathered tour group. “It’s not just going to happen because you have a nice weight room.”

As with everything involving Crimson Tide athletics in the Saban era, the 37,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art weight room is a model to which other schools can aspire, and its unveiling takes the arms race in the SEC to another level.

“It’s the biggest, baddest weight room in the country, there’s no question about that,” Cochran said, his voice already reaching fourth-quarter levels.

Your move, LSU.

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