Nick Saban gets the green light to coach Saturday night vs. Georgia


Alabama head coach Nick Saban talks his team during a timeout against Texas A&M during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019, in College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/Sam Craft)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – After a few days of not knowing what would happen on gameday, Alabama coach Nick Saban got the green light to coach in Saturday’s game against No. 3 Georgia following a third negative COVID-19 test.

Alabama team physician Dr. Jimmy Robinson released a statement explaining that Saban had negative tests Thursday, Friday, and Saturday following an initial positive test Wednesday.

“Due to the fact that Coach Saban has remained completely symptom-free and had five negative PCR tests, split between two separate labs, the initial test from Wednesday is considered a false positive under the SEC protocols. Coach Saban is medically cleared to safely return to activity effective immediately,” Robinson said.

Saturday’s test was flown into a separate lab from the other two test. The lab located in Mobile, Alabama, was SED approved and used for a faster turnaround time. The school said the initial positive test came from an outside lab that the school uses to supplement the SEC’s mandated testing.

Kick off between No. 2 Alabama and No. 3 Georgia is set for 7 pm (CT).

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