Update on Nick Saban's status for No. 3 Georgia vs. No. 2 Alabama game Saturday
Nick Saban will be on the sideline on Saturday night after all.
On Saturday afternoon, Alabama announced that Saban provided three consecutive negative tests for COVID-19, meaning he is able to rejoin the team for tonight’s showdown between No. 2 Alabama and No. 3 Georgia in Tuscaloosa. Earlier this week, the longtime head coach had a positive test.
Saban left campus immediately after testing positive for the virus. He did appoint offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian to oversee operations in the head coach’s absence, but Saban was still able to run practice via Zoom.
Had Saban tested positive again for the virus, he would not have been permitted to have communication with his players or staff during the game.
Saturday night’s game is a primetime showdown between two of the best teams in the country. Many suspect it will be a preview of the SEC Championship Game at the end of the season, and will likely carry College Football Playoff implications.
His status was in question, but Saban will be on the sideline for the Crimson Tide in one of the most important games of the season.