Nick Saban cleared to coach following three coronavirus negative tests

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban has been cleared to return to his team. He had a positive coronavirus test earlier this week.

However, since Wednesday, he has been tested five times by two separate laps. All five of those tests have come back negative.

Alabama Crimson Tide head football coach Nick Saban looks on prior to his team competes against the Oklahoma Sooners in the College Football Playoff at the 2018 Capital One Orange Bowl
Nick Saban looks on prior to his team competes against the Oklahoma Sooners in the College Football Playoff at the 2018 Capital One Orange Bowl (Getty Images)

In addition, he has had three negative coronavirus tests in a row. As a result, Saban will be able to coach his team on Saturday night against the Georgia Bulldogs at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

“Those three negative tests satisfied the SEC protocol for a false positive,” Alabama Team physician Jimmy Robinson said. “Out of an abundance of caution, two additional PCR tests were administered at the same time on Thursday and Friday and were tested by a separate lab. Those tests were also negative.”

The team had been practicing with Steve Sarkisian leading the team, while Saban remained away from the team. There should not be any change, as Sarkisian calls all the offensive plays.

This is the first titanic matchup of the season, as this is the first matchup of Top 3 teams of the season. Both teams are 3-0.

Both quarterbacks are looking for their biggest win of their collegiate career. Crimson Tide quarterback Mac Jones – who leads the nation in passing efficiency – replaced Tua Tagovailoa, who was the fifth overall pick by the Miami Dolphins in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Bulldogs quarterback Stetson Bennett IV was an after thought. The coaching staff told him before the season that his odds of starting this season were slim to none.

Then, Jamie Newman opts to sit out the 2020 season. D’Wan Mathis struggled, which opened the door for the former junior college quarterback to gain the starting job at his dream school.

The Crimson Tide leads the nation with 51 points per game. However, while they’re outscoring teams, their defense has been lackluster, as it gave up 643 yards last weekend to the Ole Miss Rebels.

“We’ve had some guys that have made multiple mistakes; either have to get that fixed or replace them,” Saban said. “And we’re going to work in every endeavor and try to get better. Believe me, there is no one satisfied with the way we played.”

Alabama has won the last five meetings against Georgia. Two of the five wins have come since Kirby Smart became Bulldogs head coach.

The team’s have not played since the 2018 SEC Championship game. The team’s also played in the 2017 National Championship game.

This is Saban’s 22nd game against his former assistants. He has never lost, as he is presently 21-0.

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