Nick Saban Returns Negative COVID-19 Test, Alabama Says

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Alabama football coach Nick Saban could possibly coach Saturday’s home game against No. 3 Georgia after a subsequent COVID-19 test came back negative.

Saban tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday afternoon, but appeared on his weekly radio show from home on Thursday night and told listeners that he was feeling great.

“I’m doing great,” he said. “I don’t have any symptoms. I don’t have a fever.”

The university announced Friday afternoon that the 68-year-old was tested again the result showed that he is negative for the virus.

A statement from Alabama head athletic trainer Jeff Allen said Saban was evaluated by team physician Dr. Eugene Robinson on Friday and remains asymptomatic and without fever.

“We are continuing to follow the SEC Return to Activity and Medical Guidance Task Force Protocol for testing asymptomatic positives,” Allen said in the statement.

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

Should Saban test negative two more times, each 24 hours apart, he would be considered a false positive per SEC protocols and would be allowed to return to full activity.

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