Nick Saban has been cleared to coach No. 2 Alabama from the sideline during Saturday's primetime game against No. 3 Georgia. Saban tested negative for COVID-19 on Saturday, marking the third straight formal negative test he's received since testing positive for the coronavirus on Wednesday. He also tested negative on Thursday and Friday.
Three straight negative tests indicate that Saban received a false positive. In accordance with SEC protocol, Saban is allowed to rejoin the Crimson Tide for the 8 p.m. ET kickoff in the SEC on CBS Game of the Week against the Bulldogs.
According to Alabama, Saban has actually tested negative for COVID-19 five times. The Crimson Tide conducted three PCR tests, all of which were negative, to comply with the official protocol required by the SEC Return to Activity and Medical Guidance Task Force, but they also put Saban through two additional PCR tests on Thursday and Friday by a separate lab just to be sure.