Will Nick Saban be cleared for UGA game? Alabama gives big health update ahead of Saturday
Nick Saban might be coaching Saturday’s Alabama-Georgia showdown after all. Alabama released a statement Friday revealing Saban tested negative on Thursday after initially testing positive Wednesday. Two more negative tests would allow Saban to return to the sidelines for Saturday’s game.
Alabama’s statement detailed that the positive and negative results came from different testing labs.
“Coach Saban was evaluated again today by Dr. Robinson,” Jeff Allen said in the released statement. “He continues to be asymptomatic and without fever. We are continuing to follow the SEC Return to Activity and Medical Guidance Task Force Protocol for testing asymptomatic positives. A PCR test was repeated Thursday by the SEC appointed lab and was negative. For clarification, the initial positive result came from an outside lab we’ve used to supplement the SEC mandated testing. He will continue to remain in isolation and receive daily PCR tests. Should he have three negative PCR tests through the SEC appointed lab, each 24 hours apart, the initial test would be considered a false positive pursuant to SEC protocols and he would be allowed to return.”
The college football world was rocked by the announcement of Saban’s positive test on Wednesday, raising questions about Saban being able to communicate with Crimson Tide coaching staff and whether the game goes on record if he is in quarantine.
ESPN college football insider Heather Dinich noted Thursday on “College Football Live” that Saban being on the sidelines for Saturday was still a possibility. GameDay analyst Desmond Howard also predicted Thursday that Saban would coach Saturday’s game.