Subsequent tests showed Alabama coach Nick Sub that he was negative for Covid-19 on Thursday, the university announced Friday afternoon.
The news comes 48 hours after Saban’s initial positive test and opens up the possibility that Saban could return to coach in Saturday night’s home game against No. 3 Georgia.
Alabama head athletic trainer Jeff Allen said in a statement on Friday that Saban’s team physician, Dr. Evaluated by Eugene Robinson and remains asymmetrical and without fever.
“We continue to adhere to the SEC Return to Activity and Medical Guidance Task Force protocol for testing asymptomatic positives,” Allen said in a statement. “The PCR test was repeated on Thursday by the SEC’s designated lab and was negative.”
If the soap should be tested twice more negatively, every 24 hours interval, it will be considered false positive according to SEC protocols and will be allowed to return to full activity.
According to the statement, the daily Sab year-old Saban will continue to be tested daily, meaning he could potentially undergo a negative test on Friday and Saturday – also setting the possibility that he could coach a Saturday night game in Tuscaloosa.
In the meantime, the soap will remain in isolation.
According to the statement, the initial positive test came from an outside lab that the school uses to supplement the SEC’s mandatory testing.