Georgia-Alabama line gets jolt from Saban's COVID diagnosis

Alabama Head Football Coach Nick Saban Tests Positive for Covid; Saturday’s Game With Georgia Still On

Nick Saban won't be allowed to coach No. 2 Alabama from home against third-ranked Georgia per NCAA guidelines, and also can't be in the stadium while testing positive for COVID-19.

"I thought you were waving at me", Saban cracked during one commercial break.

Above all else, this comes as concerning news for the health of the 68-year-old head coach.

"I feel great, I don't have any problems", Saban said.

Alabama said earlier that Saban was evaluated by team doctor Jimmy Robinson Thursday "and is doing fine".


After getting the results on Wednesday, Coach Saban left the football facility to quarantine at home. "We will follow the SEC's Return to Activity and Medical Guidance Task Force Protocol for testing asymptomatic positives". I'm just right down the street.

Offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian, who was the head coach at Washington from 2009 to 2013 and at USC in 2014 and 2015, has been put in charge of operations on the ground with Saban away.

Earlier in the week, the SEC announced that the October 17 game between Vanderbilt University and the University of Missouri would be tentatively rescheduled for December 12 "due to positive tests & subsequent quarantine of individuals within the Vanderbilt FB program", saying "the action is consistent with SEC COVID-19 management requirements". In an earlier response to the prospect of any coach being in quarantine because of COVID-19, Shaw's interpretation was that coaches aren't allowed to use technology to call in plays or communicate with the team in the locker room.

"At this point in time, the positive tests are limited to those two individuals", the school said in its statement. "Upon hearing the news, I immediately entered self-isolation and will remain at home and follow all guidelines".

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