ESPN CFB insider says Nick Saban could coach Alabama-Georgia game
It may come down to how many tests can Nick Saban take between now and kickoff Saturday night against Georgia at Bryant-Denny Stadium. But there is a path for him being on the sideline, according to an ESPN college football insider.
“As I’m sitting here right now, I got confirmation from the SEC office that if Nick Saban, or anyone else for that matter, were to get three straight negative PCR tests and remain asymptomatic, they could leave isolation and rejoin the team,” Dinich said on “College Football Live,” per 247Sports. “It’s important to note that Nick Saban is asymptomatic. He’s continuing to be tested daily. If he gets three negative tests, you could see him on the sideline against Georgia, which as of now, remains on.”
Based on the information released by an Alabama team doctor as late as Thursday afternoon, Saban remains asymptomatic. According to NCAA rules and reports from Alabama, Saban will not be on the sideline, or coaching virtually, and offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian is in charge of the program during Saban’s absence.
Georgia is ranked No. 3 and Alabama No. 2 in this week’s AP Top 25 rankings, and this is the final matchup between unbeaten teams in the SEC. The game is set to kickoff at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday on CBS.