UPDATE >> Saban’s third test has come back negative. That marks the third negative test, meaning the initial positive test was a false-positive. Saban will be on the field to coach the Crimson Tide tonight.
Nick Saban will be on the sideline tonight, Alabama announces. pic.twitter.com/KuxUGsGHyr
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) October 17, 2020
Saturday morning update >> Nick Saban took a third COVID test this morning following two negative tests 24 hours apart over the last two days. If the results of this latest test come back negative, Saban will be cleared to return to the sideline for their game vs. Georgia.
Update >> Alabama director of sports medicine Jeff Allen shares that Nick Saban has recently tested negative and provided the following update:
— Roger Hoover (@Roger_Hoover) October 16, 2020
Based on a tweet from Desmond Howard, Nick Saban may be on the field coaching the Crimson Tide tomorrow.
Just a few days ago, the school shared that Saban tested positive for COVID. If Howard’s tweet is accurate, that would likely mean that the second test to confirm the diagnosis came back to show a false-positive test.
Yesterday, we asked about the possibility of Saban coaching the team virtually, and now it seems like he may be taking the field with them.
Tide Sports had the following to share about the SEC’s protocols following a positive test:
The SEC’s health and safety protocols, released over the summer and modified most recently on Monday, state asymptomatic individuals may receive a second test within 24 hours of their original positive. Should that second test be negative, the individual should receive two additional tests at least 24 hours apart; if all three are negative, and the individual remains asymptomatic, they are released from isolation and immediately cleared to return to athletics activity.
Stay tuned to The Scoop for the latest.
Saban and Alabama will face Kirby Smart and Georgia tomorrow night at 8pm EST on CBS at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
I believe Nick Saban will be on the field coaching tomorrow. Enjoy your Friday.
— Desmond Howard (@DesmondHoward) October 16, 2020