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UPDATE: Could Saban Coach Against the Georgia Bulldogs?

October 16, 2020

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ATHENS - Alabama says that Nick Saban has tested negative for COVID-19. 

The Bulldogs are traveling to play the No. 2 Tide on Saturday night. It remains to be seen if Nick Saban will be on the sideline for the game. Earlier Friday The Tuscaloosa News reported that Saban has twice been tested for COVID-19. 

The outlet further reports: “While the results of those tests are not known, Alabama is working with the SEC on Saban clearing protocol to return to the sidelines in time for Saturday's game against Georgia, if the tests are negative, a source familiar with the situation told the Tuscaloosa News on Friday.”

Alabama has since released a statement saying that Saban has tested negative for the virus. 

“A PCR test was repeated Thursday by the SEC appointed lab and was negative,” the statement said.

SEC bylaws stipulate that Saban will be able to coach if he gets a negative test result three times in A 72-hour period with each test 24 hours apart he would be able to coach. Therefore Saban's window to still coach in the game is in play. 

Saban has said since testing that he is asymptomatic. The No. 3 Bulldogs are set to kickoff against Alabama on CBS at 8 PM EST.  

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