By JOHN ZENOR, AP Sports activities Author
Alabama coach Nick Saban expects to be again on the sidelines Saturday at LSU.
Saban, who examined optimistic for COVID-19 final Wednesday, needed to watch the top-ranked Crimson Tide’s 42-13 victory over rival Auburn from residence over the weekend whereas offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian ran the present.
“I’m feeling superb, so that you don’t want to fret about me,” Saban stated on Monday. “And simply to make it clear, I’ll be evaluated by the medical workers later within the week they usually’ll make a willpower as to after I come again. However I don’t anticipate any issues in with the ability to coach the sport this week.”
The 69-year-old coach has stated he had solely gentle signs and no fever. The Southeastern Convention requires these with optimistic checks to stay remoted for not less than 10 days from after they first began experiencing signs. They need to have gone not less than 24 hours and not using a fever earlier than being allowed to return.
That offers Saban a window to return in opposition to LSU Saturday night time in a recreation that was postponed from Nov. 14 due to the Tigers’ COVID-10-related points.
“After all it is going to be massive, I imply it’s Nick Saban,” Tide security Jordan Battle stated. “All people is aware of that. It wouldn’t change issues an excessive amount of. As you noticed, we didn’t have Coach final week and we nonetheless stayed the course.”
Saban has continued to watch practices from residence and run conferences utilizing zoom. He wasn’t allowed to speak together with his gamers or coaches in the course of the Iron Bowl, together with at halftime.
Alabama (8-Zero SEC, general; No. 1 playoff rankings) did have a head begin for the LSU recreation from the primary scheduled assembly. The Tide labored someday on the Tigers (3-4) throughout an open date after which Monday and Tuesday of recreation week earlier than it was known as off.
“As a result of we’ve had some expertise with that, I feel that’ll be helpful to how we put the plan collectively,” Saban stated.
Alabama nonetheless has a possible make-up recreation at Arkansas. The Tide may lock up a visit to the SEC championship recreation in Atlanta on Dec. 19 with a win over LSU or a loss by No. 5 Texas A&M at Auburn.
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