Nick Saban gained’t miss Alabama’s greatest recreation of the season in spite of everything.
After testing positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday, Saban returned three straight unfavorable exams, the final one coming Saturday morning. He shall be on the sidelines Saturday evening for the No. 2 Crimson Tide’s showdown with No. 3 Georgia, Alabama introduced.
Underneath SEC protocols, Saban’s Wednesday take a look at is now thought of a false optimistic.
“As a result of Coach Saban remained asymptomatic, he acquired PCR testing at 7 a.m. on Thursday, Friday and at this time by way of the SEC appointed lab,” Dr. Jimmy Robinson, Alabama’s group doctor, mentioned in a press release. “Every of these exams have been unfavorable and have been reported by way of the SEC’s third-party testing supplier to the convention workplace in Birmingham. These three unfavorable exams glad the SEC protocol for a false optimistic. Out of an abundance of warning, two extra PCR exams have been administered on the identical time on Thursday and Friday and have been examined by a separate lab. These exams have been additionally unfavorable.”
Upon studying the outcomes of his preliminary optimistic take a look at on Wednesday, the 68-year-old Saban left Alabama’s services and coached the remainder of the week nearly from house. Offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian was set to fill in for him on the sidelines Saturday evening, however the subsequent testing has now given Saban the inexperienced gentle to educate in particular person in opposition to his former defensive coordinator, Georgia coach Kirby Sensible.
“We’ve examined our gamers on daily basis for the final a number of months,” Saban mentioned Saturday on ESPN’s “School Gameday.”
“The truth that we’ve had 240 exams within the final two days that have been all unfavorable, not one optimistic, the truth that I truly examined unfavorable Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday it popped, Thursday, Friday unfavorable. I’ve to belief within the medical doctors and the medical individuals who make these protocols protected for all of us. Our gamers have carried out a superb job of practising social distancing and I believe this expertise has definitely made me have a variety of respect for what we must always do, all of us, relative to social distancing, carrying a masks, washing your fingers, staying aside, and we’re going to proceed to do this sooner or later.”