Alabama head football Coach Nick Saban is cleared to coach at the Alabama vs. Georgia game Saturday night after testing negative three times for COVID-19, according to ESPN.
Alabama's team physician Dr. Jimmy Robinson said in a statement Saturday that Saban had negative tests Thursday, Friday and Saturday after an initial positive test on Wednesday. The school said two additional tests from Thursday and Friday were found to be negative at a separate lab.
"Due to the fact that Coach Saban has remained completely symptom-free and had five negative PCR tests, split between two separate labs, the initial test from Wednesday is considered a false positive under the SEC protocols," Robinson said in the statement obtained by ESPN. "In accordance with the SEC Return to Activity and Medical Guidance Task Force Protocol and with the approval of The University of Alabama System Health and Safety Task Force, Coach Saban is medically cleared to safely return to activity effective immediately."
ESPN reported that Saturday's test was flown to an SEC-approved lab in Mobile for faster turnaround time. The school told ESPN the initial positive test on Wednesday came from an outside lab that the school uses to supplement the SEC's mandated testing. Under SEC protocols, the initial positive test is now considered a false positive.