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Mark SchlabachESPN Senior Writer
- Senior college soccer writer
- Creator of seven books on college soccer
- Graduate of the University of Georgia
A 2d subsequent check of Alabama soccer coach Carve Saban on Friday confirmed that he’s negative for COVID-19, a source instructed ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi, increasing the odds that Saban will coach in Saturday evening’s showdown against Georgia.
Alabama officials learned of the 2d negative check on Friday afternoon, per the sources, and Saban had already been tested again early Saturday. Crimson Tide officials are hoping to get the results of the latest check sometime Saturday afternoon. The check changed into flown to an SEC-authorized lab in Mobile, Alabama, Saturday morning for a sooner turnaround time.
If Saban assessments negative three instances, every 24 hours apart, the preliminary obvious check on Wednesday may perchance well be thought to be a inaccurate obvious below SEC protocols, allowing him to coach the No. 2 Crimson Tide in Saturday evening’s nationally televised game against No. 3 Georgia at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
Saban, who turns 69 later this month, remained in isolation Saturday morning, the sources acknowledged.
In an announcement on Friday, Alabama head coach Jeff Allen acknowledged team doctor Dr. Jimmy Robinson evaluated Saban, who remains asymptomatic and without fever.
“We’re persevering with to coach the SEC Return to Job and Scientific Guidance Job Force Protocol for finding out asymptomatic positives,” Allen acknowledged in the assertion. “A PCR check changed into repeated Thursday by the SEC appointed lab and changed into negative.”
In step with the assertion, the preliminary obvious check came from an out of doors lab that the college uses to complement the SEC’s mandated finding out.