Nick Saban will not be able to try to train remotely on Saturday night against Georgia.
Saban must miss the game as he passed a positive COVID-19 test on Wednesday. Saban said he is currently asymptomatic and feeling well and has trained distance practices using video and audio broadcasts from от2 practices in Alabama.
But he will not have that ability on Saturday against the No. 3 Bulldog. NCAA rules prevent a coach from being able to communicate with his staff and players while watching the game from elsewhere.
Saban said on his radio Thursday night (via Bama Insider). “I do not know exactly what it is, but there must be a better way to do it. You need to be able to have some communication with the sidelines, just like I communicate with someone on the field during a workout. “Data-reactid =” 23 “>” If you’re a head coach, there must be a better way to do it, “Saban said on his radio Thursday night (via Bama Insider).” I don’t know exactly what that is. but there must be a better way to do it.You must be able to have some communication with the sidelines, just like I have communication with someone on the field during a workout.
“I can’t talk directly to a player, but I can say, ‘Tell 22 he had to redirect the man’ or something.” You can’t have any of that, and that doesn’t seem quite right. “
According to NCAA rules, the only communication can take place from the press field to the field. So if Saban was isolated in an apartment in the press, that wouldn’t be a big deal. But since he will be completely off the field, he cannot do real-time coaching. Former USC coach and current Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sargsyan is Saban’s interim coach.
The rule makes sense. And it was obviously written in an era when COVID-19 did not exist. If Saban was feeling well and dealing with a disease that wasn’t a highly contagious virus, he would probably be on the sidelines on Saturday night.
Instead, he follows all the protocols and will watch the game like most of us.
Nick Brombergis the author of Yahoo Sports. “data-reactid =” 40 “>Nick Bromberg is a writer for Yahoo Sports.