Nick Saban cannot try to train externally on Saturday night against Georgia.
Saban is ready to miss the game because he tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday. Saban said he is currently asymptomatic and feeling well and has coached practice remotely using video and audio performances from Alabama’s No. 2-practice.
But he does not have that ability on Saturday against the No. 3 Bulldogs. NCAA rules prevent a coach from being able to communicate with his staff and players while watching the game from a different location.
Said Saban during his radio show Thursday night (via Bama Insider). “I do not know exactly what it is, but there should be a better way to do it. You should be able to have some communication with the sideline just like I have communication with someone on the field during training. “Data-reactid =” 23 “>” If you’re the head coach, there should be a better way to do that, “Saban said during his radio program Thursday night (via Bama Insider).” I do not know exactly what it is, but there should be a better way to do it. You should be able to have some communication with the sideline just like I have communication with someone on the field during training.
“I can not talk directly to a player, but I can say, ‘Tell 22 he should redirect the guy’ or whatever. You can not have any of it and it does not look quite right. ”
According to NCAA rules, the only communication can be from the press field to the field. So if Saban isolated himself in a suite in the press box, it would not be anything big. But since he wants to be completely off-site, he is unable to perform any coaching in real time. Former USC coach and current Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian is interim coach at Saban’s place.
The rule makes sense. And was, of course, written in an era when COVID-19 did not exist. If Saban was well and dealing with a disease that was not a highly contagious virus, he would probably be on the sidelines Saturday night.
Instead, he follows all protocols and wants to see the game like most of us.
Nick Brombergis the author of Yahoo Sports. “data-reactid =” 40 “>Nick Bromberg is the author of Yahoo Sports.