Alabama coach Nick Saban, who examined constructive for COVID-19 on Wednesday afternoon, appeared on his weekly radio present from residence on Thursday night time and informed listeners that he was feeling nice and would hate to overlook Saturday’s recreation in opposition to No. 3 Georgia.
“I am doing nice,” he stated. “I haven’t got any signs. I haven’t got a fever.”
Saban stated he’d prefer to be part of the sport in opposition to Georgia however that COVID-19 protocol dictates that he cannot talk with anybody on the employees whereas in quarantine and he can’t journey to the stadium whereas in quarantine, both.
But when Saban has three unfavorable checks, together with the second two in a 24-hour span, he may conceivably be cleared to return to athletic actions earlier than Saturday’s recreation.
“I might hate to not be on the recreation Saturday if that is what this seems to be,” Saban stated.
Nonetheless, Saban stated, he needs there was a manner for a coach in quarantine to have the ability to take part, including that it “does not appear fairly proper” that he would not be capable of talk along with his employees or gamers throughout a recreation from a distant location like his residence.
“There’s methods to do that so that you would not be placing anybody in hurt’s manner,” he stated. “However I additionally consider within the security of all of the folks … so there must be some logistical issues to work out.”
Saban, who turns 69 later this month, stated that he is been capable of do so much from residence as he helps his staff put together to face Georgia. He oversaw apply on Wednesday and Thursday through Zoom.
“I’ve performed all the pieces that I might usually do, I simply need to do it from right here — for now,” he stated.
Alabama soccer launched an replace on Saban’s well being standing earlier Thursday, saying, “Coach Saban was evaluated by our staff doctor Dr. Jimmy Robinson at this time. Coach stays asymptomatic at this level and is doing nice. He’s persevering with to self-isolate and can stay within the SEC testing protocol whereas being evaluated day by day.”
SEC tips state that if a person has three successive unfavorable PCR checks and stays asymptomatic, they might be “launched from isolation and medically cleared to return to athletics actions solely.”
Alabama, as is its coverage, has not launched any details about any subsequent checks and what they may have proven. Alabama isn’t more likely to launch that info till there’s a decision
Saban informed listeners to his present that he met with members of the management group on Thursday, joking with them that he is “getting beat up on each ends” attempting to work along with his spouse in the home.
“After I come there I can elevate hell with you guys,” Saban stated he informed the gamers, “and now I am right here with Miss Terry and she or he’s elevating hell with me.”
Saban additionally took a second to thank all those that have reached out since his prognosis.
“The help from so many individuals from everywhere in the United States — telephone calls, textual content messages, emails — have been fantastic,” he stated. “It’s totally uplifting the relationships you’ve got made via the years and so many individuals who could be involved about your effectively being, and I actually respect it and I would like all people to know that.”
Ought to Saban be unable to educate on Saturday, Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian would assume the position of head coach.
Sarkisian, who was final the top coach at USC in 2015, would nonetheless keep play-calling duties on offense.