Another subsequent test of Alabama coach Nick Saban on Friday showed that he is negative for COVID-19, a source tells ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi, which increases the chances that he will train in Saturday night’s showdown against Georgia.
According to sources, officials in Alabama learned about the second negative test on Friday afternoon, and Saban had already been tested again early Saturday. Crimson Tide officials hope to get the results of the latest test sometime Saturday afternoon.
If Saban tests negative three times at 24-hour intervals, the initial positive test on Wednesday will be considered a false-positive under SEC protocols, allowing him to train No. 2 Crimson Tide in Saturday̵
Saban, who turns 69 later this month, remained isolated Saturday morning, sources said.
In a statement Friday, Alabama head coach Jeff Allen said team doctor Dr. Jimmy Robinson assessed Saban, who remains asymptomatic and without fever.
“We continue to follow the SEC Return to Activity and Medical Guidance Task Force Protocol for testing for asymptomatic positives,” Allen said in the statement. “A PCR test was repeated Thursday by the SEC designated laboratory and was negative.”
According to the statement, the initial positive test came from an external laboratory that the school uses to supplement the SEC’s mandated test.