Nick Saban could not try to go far on Saturday night against Georgia.
Saban is set to miss the game as he tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday. Saban said he is currently asymptomatic and feeling good and has taught skills remotely with the help of video and audio feeds from skills at No. 2 Alabama.
But he will not have that ability on Saturday against No. 3 Bulldogs. NCAA rules prevent a coach from talking to his staff and players while watching the game from another location.
Saban said in his radio show Thursday night (via Bama Insider). “I don’t know exactly what that is, but there must be a better way to do that. You have to have some communication on the sidelines like I had communication with someone in the field during training.” reactid = “23”> “If you are the head coach, there must be a better way to do this,” Saban said in his radio show Thursday night (via Bama Insider). “I do not know if what exactly is that, but there should be a better way to do that.You should have some communication on the sidelines like I had communication with someone in the field during training.
“I can’t talk directly to a player, but I can say, ‘Tell 22 he should reroute the guy,’ or whatever. You can’t have any of that, and it doesn’t seem right. ”
According to NCAA rules, the only communication can occur from the press box to the field. So if Saban is isolated in a suite in the press box, it will not be a big deal. But since he will be completely off-site, he has not been able to do any real-time coaching. Former USC coach and current Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian is the interim coach in Saban’s area.
The rule makes sense. And obviously written at a time when COVID-19 was not around. If Saban was OK and talking about a disease that was not a contagious virus, he would probably be by Saturday night.
Instead, he follows all the protocols and watches the game like most of us do.
Nick Brombergis a writer for Yahoo Sports. “data-reactid =” 40 “>Nick Bromberg is a writer for Yahoo Sports.