Alabama coach Nick Saban’s next test on Thursday showed he was negative for COVID-19, the university announced Friday afternoon.
The news came 48 hours after Saban’s initial positive test and opened up the possibility of Saban returning to the coach’s home game Saturday night against No. 3 Georgia.
A statement from Alabama head Athletic trainer Jeff Allen said Saban was examined by a team of physicians Dr. Eugene Robinson on Friday and remains asymptomatic and has no fever.
“We continue to adhere to the SEC Return to Activity and Medical Guidance Task Force Protocol for testing non-positive users,” Allen said in a statement. “A PCR test was repeated Thursday by the SEC designated lab and negative.”;
If Saban tries two more negative ones, every 24 hours interval, he can be considered a false positive in every SEC protocols and will be allowed to return to full activity.
Saban, 68, will continue to test daily, according to the statement, meaning he can test negative Friday and Saturday – setting the possibility that he can coach the game on Saturday night in Tuscaloosa.
In the meantime, Saban will remain in isolation.
According to the statement, the initial positive test came from an outside lab used by the school to supplement the SEC review order.