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Nick Saban cleared to coach for Saturday's Alabama-Georgia game

Sportsnaut logo Sportsnaut 10/17/2020 Matt Johnson, Sportsnaut
a man standing in front of a crowd: Nick Saban returned three straight negative COVID tests. © Handout Photo-USA TODAY Sports Nick Saban returned three straight negative COVID tests.

Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban experienced a major scare this week after testing positive for COVID-19, but the iconic college football coach will be ready for Saturday’s game against Georgia.

Saban, who tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday, spent the past three days in isolation and coached the team during practice through Zoom conferences. With the days ticking down until the highly anticipated SEC clash against the Bulldogs, many feared Alabama’s coach would be sidelined.

Alabama, one of the few college football programs to do daily COVID-19 testing, quickly learned Saban’s positive test avoided didn’t affect the roster. With the game against Georgia not in jeopardy, the program’s next hope became Saban returning to the sideline on Saturday.

He underwent his first PCR test on Thursday, which provided negative results. However, he would need consecutive negative results on Friday and Saturday morning to receive clearance from the SEC. Once he received another negative result Friday, things were trending in the right direction.

On Saturday morning, Alabama announced that Saban’s third COVID-19 test came back negative. As a result, he will be allowed to coach from the sidelines on Saturday night against the Bulldogs. It also means his results on Wednesday will be designated as a false positive.

It’s fantastic news for the Crimson Tide, who will be looking to maintain their recent stretch of dominance against their rival. With Saban on the sideline, Alabama’s fans also won’t have an excuse to point to if Georgia pulls off the upset on national television.

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