Nick Saban

Nick Saban cleared to travel and coach Alabama-LSU game, as COVID isolation ends

Nick Saban clapping during pregame warmups before WCU game in 2019
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Alabama football will have its head coach on the sideline versus LSU.

During his “Hey Coach” Show on Thursday, Nick Saban announced he has been cleared by the Crimson Tide’s medical staff to return to action against the Tigers. He missed his first game in 14 years last week, due to having mild symptoms for Coronavirus, but Steve Sarkisian filled in and coached the team to a 42-13 win over Auburn.

Since 2008, Saban holds a 5-1 all-time record against LSU at Tiger Stadium. His loss came in the 2010 season (21-24); the lone year where Alabama lost three games.

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According to Saban, he is ready to get back on the field.

“Yeah, I’ll be there,” Saban said. “I’m good.”

“I think my time is up so I’m ready to get back into the swing of things even though I’ve been there for every possible thing. It’s just been a little different but now I can get back in person and do all the things we need to do without an issue or a problem.”

One of the treatments Saban received, upon testing positive for COVID-19 on last Wednesday, was a plasma treatment.

“And it really worked wonders,” he said.

“I woke up the next day and I really only had slight symptoms of a head cold, maybe a little cough, so I felt like I had a cold. But that’s about it. I didn’t feel bad. I didn’t have a fever but whatever was in this plasma deal, it knocked it all out in one day. So from Thursday on, I felt great and 100%. And I would certainly recommend that treatment to anyone who can get it.”

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As much as he enjoyed watching his team from a far, cussing at the television and hearing Mrs. Terry cheer on the Tide, Saban would much rather be in the action with his players.

After seeing Ed Orgeron and the Tigers disrespect his program at Bryant-Denny Stadium last year, the 69-year-old is prepared to deliver a legendary response at Baton Rouge, La.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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