Oct 3, 2020; Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA; Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban wears a mask on the sideline as he coaches his team at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Alabama defeated A&M 52-24. Mandatory Credit: Gary Cosby Jr/The Tuscaloosa News via USA TODAY Sports

News Articles

Saban won’t rule out coaching Saturday

Alabama coach Nick Saban, who tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday, isn’t ruling out the possibility of being on the sideline Saturday when the second-ranked Crimson Tide play host to third-ranked Georgia.

Saban said on his weekly Thursday radio show, “I’m doing great. I don’t have any symptoms. I don’t have a fever.”

As for potentially being on the scene Saturday, he could be present if he has three negative COVID-19 tests, the last two in a 24-hour span, per Southeastern Conference protocols.

Barring that, he wouldn’t be allowed to guide the Crimson Tide at all on Saturday, even remotely from home.

“The protocol is, if you’re in quarantine, you can’t have any remote access to the sidelines and you can’t go to the game, even if they put you in an isolated area,” said Saban, who turns 69 on Halloween. “So, never having thought much about that — and I’m not being critical here — if you’re the head coach, there ought to be a better way to do it.

“I don’t know exactly what that is. But there should be a better way to do that. You ought to have some kind of communication with the sidelines, just like I have communication with somebody on the field during practice. I can’t directly talk to a player, but I can say, ‘Tell 22 that he was supposed to re-route the guy,’ or whatever.

“You can’t have any of that. That doesn’t seem quite right.”

Saban added of putting the game strategy in the hands of his assistant coaches, led by offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian, “I just think that it’s really tough that if you have to make a close call, I would just hate for somebody on our staff to have to make that close call and get criticized for it if it didn’t work. Because I don’t think that’s fair to them, if you know what I mean.”

The Crimson Tide football program issued a statement Thursday that read, “Coach Saban was evaluated by our team physician Dr. Jimmy Robinson today. Coach remains asymptomatic at this point and is doing fine. He is continuing to self-isolate and will remain in the SEC testing protocol while being evaluated daily.”

Alabama (3-0, 3-0 SEC) will look for its sixth consecutive win over Georgia (3-0, 3-0).

–Field Level Media

Field Level Media
Sport Writer & Editor
FLM has a North American focus while tying into regional and hyper-local resources – providing the ability to distribute compelling content through the writing of professional journalists. As the U.S. sports content provider to dozens of digital and print media publishers through strategic partnerships with the likes of Reuters and Nielsen Sports, FLM covers the nuts and bolts with a breaking news desk and game event coverage.

Upcoming Games

Oct 31st, 12:00 PM

Georgia (5) -17 -110

Kentucky +17 -110

@

Oct 31st, 12:00 PM

Kansas State (16) +5 -110

West Virginia -5 -110

@

Oct 31st, 12:00 PM

Boston College +26.5 -110

Clemson (1) -26.5 -110

@

Oct 31st, 12:00 PM

Iowa State (23) -27.5 -110

Kansas +27.5 -110

@

Oct 31st, 12:00 PM

Michigan State +21.5 -110

Michigan (13) -21.5 -110

@

Oct 31st, 12:00 PM

Purdue -9.5 -110

Illinois +9.5 -110

@

Oct 31st, 12:00 PM

Wake Forest -14 -110

Syracuse +14 -110

@

Oct 31st, 12:00 PM

UTSA +5 -110

Florida Atlantic -5 -110

@

Oct 31st, 12:00 PM

Memphis +6.5 -110

Cincinnati (7) -6.5 -110

@

Oct 31st, 12:00 PM

Temple +7 -110

Tulane -7 -110

@

Oct 31st, 12:00 PM

Coastal Carolina (20) -4 -110

Georgia State +4 -110

@

Oct 31st, 2:00 PM

UCF -3 -110

Houston +3 -110

@

Oct 31st, 3:00 PM

Rice -1 -110

Southern Miss +1 -110

@

Oct 31st, 3:00 PM

Troy +3.5 -105

Arkansas State -3.5 -105

@

Oct 31st, 3:30 PM

LSU +1 -110

Auburn -1 -110

@

Oct 31st, 3:30 PM

TCU -2.5 +100

Baylor +2.5 +100

@

Oct 31st, 3:30 PM

Notre Dame (4) -20.5 -110

Georgia Tech +20.5 -110

@

Oct 31st, 3:30 PM

Indiana (17) -12 -110

Rutgers +12 -110

@

Oct 31st, 3:30 PM

Northwestern +1 -105

Iowa -1 -105

@

Oct 31st, 3:30 PM

UAB -13.5 -110

LA Tech +13.5 -110

@

Oct 31st, 3:33 PM

Colorado State -2.5 -110

Fresno State +2.5 -110

@

Oct 31st, 4:00 PM

Ole Miss -17.5 -110

Vanderbilt +17.5 -110

@

Oct 31st, 4:00 PM

Texas +3.5 -110

Oklahoma State (6) -3.5 -110

@

Oct 31st, 4:00 PM

Virginia Tech -3.5 -110

Louisville +3.5 -110

@

Oct 31st, 4:00 PM

Appalachian State -29 -110

Louisiana-Monroe +29 -110

@

Oct 31st, 6:00 PM

Boise State (25) -14.5 -110

Air Force +14.5 -110

@

Oct 31st, 7:00 PM

Mississippi State +30 -110

Alabama (2) -30 -110

@

Oct 31st, 7:00 PM

Charlotte +10.5 -110

Duke -10.5 -110

@

Oct 31st, 7:00 PM

New Mexico +13.5 -110

San Jose State -13.5 -110

@

Oct 31st, 7:30 PM

Arkansas +14 -110

Texas A&M (8) -14 -110

@

Oct 31st, 7:30 PM

Missouri +14 -110

Florida (10) -14 -110

@

Oct 31st, 7:30 PM

Ohio State (3) -10.5 -110

Penn State (18) +10.5 -110

@

Oct 31st, 7:30 PM

Navy +13.5 -110

SMU (22) -13.5 -110

@

Oct 31st, 8:00 PM

Oklahoma (24) -15.5 -110

Texas Tech +15.5 -110

@

Oct 31st, 8:00 PM

North Carolina (15) -7.5 -110

Virginia +7.5 -110

@

Oct 31st, 8:00 PM

Louisiana-Lafayette -16 -110

Texas State +16 -110

@

Oct 31st, 9:30 PM

San Diego State -9 -110

Utah State +9 -110

@

Oct 31st, 10:15 PM

WKU +30.5 -110

BYU (11) -30.5 -110

@

Oct 31st, 10:30 PM

Nevada -13.5 -110

UNLV +13.5 -110

@

Nov 4th, 6:00 PM

Eastern Michigan

Kent State

@

Nov 4th, 8:00 PM

Bowling Green

Toledo

@

Nov 5th, 2:33 PM

Arkansas State

Louisiana-Lafayette

@

Nov 5th, 7:30 PM

SMU (22)

Temple

@

Nov 6th, 7:30 PM

Miami-FL (12)

NC State

@

Nov 7th, 11:30 AM

Air Force

Army

@

Nov 7th, 2:30 PM

Massachusetts

Marshall (19)

@

Nov 7th, 2:33 PM

Baylor

Iowa State (23)

@

Nov 7th, 2:33 PM

Boston College -2.5 -110

Syracuse +2.5 -110

@

Nov 7th, 2:33 PM

West Virginia

Texas

@

Nov 7th, 2:33 PM

North Carolina (15)

Duke

@

Nov 7th, 2:33 PM

Pittsburgh

Florida State

@

Nov 7th, 2:33 PM

Kansas

Oklahoma (24)

@

Nov 7th, 2:33 PM

Oklahoma State (6)

Kansas State (16)

@

Nov 7th, 2:33 PM

Texas Tech

TCU

@

Nov 7th, 2:33 PM

Louisville

Virginia

@

Nov 7th, 2:33 PM

Michigan (13)

Indiana (17)

@

Nov 7th, 2:33 PM

Maryland

Penn State (18)

@

Nov 7th, 2:33 PM

Liberty

Virginia Tech

@

Nov 7th, 2:33 PM

Rutgers

Ohio State (3)

@

Nov 7th, 2:33 PM

Michigan State

Iowa

@

Nov 7th, 2:33 PM

Nebraska

Northwestern

@

Nov 7th, 2:33 PM

Minnesota

Illinois

@

Nov 7th, 2:33 PM

Purdue

Wisconsin (9)

@

Nov 7th, 2:33 PM

BYU (11) +6 -105

Boise State (25) -6 -105

@

Nov 7th, 2:33 PM

Houston

Cincinnati (7)

@

Nov 7th, 2:33 PM

Tulsa

Navy

@

Nov 7th, 2:33 PM

USF

Memphis

@

Nov 7th, 2:33 PM

Tulane

East Carolina

@

Nov 7th, 2:33 PM

San Jose State

San Diego State

@

Nov 7th, 2:33 PM

Wyoming

Colorado State

@

Nov 7th, 2:33 PM

Utah State

Nevada

@

Nov 7th, 2:33 PM

New Mexico

Hawaii

@

Nov 7th, 2:33 PM

Fresno State

UNLV

@

Nov 7th, 2:33 PM

Appalachian State

Texas State

@

Nov 7th, 2:33 PM

South Alabama

Coastal Carolina (20)

@

Nov 7th, 2:33 PM

Troy

Georgia Southern

@

Nov 7th, 2:33 PM

Louisiana-Monroe

Georgia State

@

Nov 7th, 3:00 PM

North Alabama

Southern Miss

@

Nov 7th, 3:30 PM

Florida (10) +3.5 -110

Georgia (5) -3.5 -110

@

Nov 7th, 3:30 PM

Charlotte

Middle Tennessee

@

Nov 7th, 3:30 PM

UTSA

Rice

@

Nov 7th, 4:00 PM

Florida International (FIU)

UTEP

@

Nov 7th, 4:00 PM

Vanderbilt

Mississippi State

@

Nov 7th, 6:00 PM

WKU

Florida Atlantic

@

Nov 7th, 6:00 PM

LA Tech

North Texas

@

Nov 7th, 7:30 PM

Tennessee

Arkansas

@

Nov 7th, 7:30 PM

Texas A&M (8)

South Carolina

@

Nov 7th, 7:30 PM

Clemson (1) -7.5 -110

Notre Dame (4) +7.5 -110

@

Nov 7th, 10:30 PM

Washington -6.5 -112

California +6.5 -112

@

Nov 7th, 10:30 PM

Washington State -3.5 -117

Oregon State +3.5 -117

@