Nick Saban, Alabama coach Joe Tested positive for coronavirus on WednesdayThe university said it has been “medically cleared” to direct the second-order Crimson Tide against No. 3 Georgia during Saturday night’s game.
Under Southeast conference The health protocol, Saban, was allowed to exit the isolation much earlier than previously anticipated, as he was heterologous and tested negative for the virus in the days following his initial positive result. A streak of negative tests, administered through a conference-sanctioned lab, led by Alabama and conference officials concluded that Saban had received a false positive result on Wednesday.
Alabama also stated that Saban had undergone two additional tests that were processed by another laboratory and returned as negative.
One of the team’s physicians, Dr. “Coach Saban has been medically cleared to return to active form immediately immediately,” Jimmy Robinson said in a statement on Saturday.
Saban, who won five national championships in Alabama on home turf at Bryan-Denny Stadium, cheered Crimson Tide fans, disappointed Georgia loyalists and certainly sparked new debate over college football’s response to the epidemic.
At least 32 Football Bowl subdivision games, Including two in the SEC, Has been postponed or canceled since late August for virus-related reasons, and hundreds of players, coaches and staff members have tested positive over the past several months.
But the college football world was stunned when 68-year-old Saban announced on Wednesday that he had tested positive for the virus and entered isolation at his home in Tuscaloosa, Ala. This result is considered the most reliable type of test for viruses. , A polymerase chain reaction test, known as PCR
Saban, who was often seen wearing masks during the games, and university officials repeatedly insisted that he did not see any symptoms, and maintained an active schedule, coaching exercises remotely and a radio show I remained present on my normal Thursday night.
On Friday afternoon, Alabama said Saban tested negative during its first follow-up screening on Thursday. The announcement raised hope in Tuscaloosa – and expressed concern at the Athens, Ga., Bulldogs’ home – that Saban would be able to work on Saturday.
Less than 24 hours later, Robinson said Saban had recorded more negative tests.
Under a new SEC process, A person who tests positive can take a new PCR test, within 24 hours of that result. If that test shows a negative result, the person may take two more PCR tests, each separated for up to 24 hours.
If those tests produce negative results and the person remains asymptomatic, then the player, coach or staff member may be “released from isolation and medically cleared to return to athletics activities only” according to league guidelines . ” A third-party company selected by the SEC is to process the tests.
League presidents and chancellors approved the policy on 8 October, and the conference included it in an update to its medical protocol on Monday, two days before Saban tested positive for the virus.
In the months urging fans to follow public health recommendations, ESPN on Saturday said, “I have to trust the doctors and medical people who keep these protocols safe for all of us.” Morning exam.
He said, “Our players have done a great job of practicing social distance, and I think this experience has definitely given me a lot of respect for what we should be doing, all of us, relative to social disturbances, one Wearing a mask, washing our hands, staying separate, and we will continue to do so.
Saturday’s game is one of the most awaited matches of the season, and it can do a lot to shape the trajectory of the race to reach the College Football Playoff. If the conference lab did not return three negative results for Saban in the last few days, he could not coach at the stadium or during home games.
Saban is 5–1 against Georgia since his arrival in 2007 in Alabama. Kirby Smart, who worked for Saban for nine seasons at Alabama, is a Georgia coach.