TUSCALOOSA — Nick Saban’s COVID-19 test from Friday was negative, The Tuscaloosa News has confirmed, and Alabama’s football coach is one negative test result away from being cleared to coach Saturday night against Georgia.
Saban has already been administered his Saturday test, a source close to the situation confirmed: If that rest comes back negative negative, he will clear the SEC protocol and be able to coach Alabama against the Bulldogs at 7 p.m.
ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi first reported Saturday morning that Saban had received a second negative result for the coronavrius.
The SEC protocol requires three negative tests from an asymptomatic individual, all separated by at least 24 hours, to clear the protocol and return to athletics activity immediately. Saban’s positive test came Wednesday, giving him the window to test negative on Thursday, Friday and Saturday to return in time to coach against Georgia.