Circa Sports also went from Alabama -6 to -4, including stops at -5.5 and -5 along the way, with sportsbook director Matt Metcalf noting action - not the Saban news itself - drove the movement. Had Saban not gotten the negative test result back soon enough, offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian would have been the acting coach for the Tide.
He will continue to be tested daily, meaning he could test negative Friday and Saturday morning, allowing for the opportunity to coach Saturday night.
Saban's daughter, Kristen, revealed that the six-time National Championship victor was not exhibiting symptoms and found a way to coach from afar.
The Southeastern Conference announced Friday that the October 24 game between No. 10 Florida (2-1, 2-1 SEC) and Missouri (1-2, 1-2) has been postponed because of COVID-19 outbreaks.
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While Alabama and Georgia do not play annually because they're in separate divisions of the conference, they have played five times in the last 12 seasons, with Alabama winning all five, including two SEC championship games (in December 2012 and December 2018) and one College Football Playoff National Championship Game (in January 2018). Because he was asymptomatic, a series of ensuing negative tests before Saturday's kickoff means the original test is now considered a false positive.
It marks the second SEC game this week that has been postponed, joining Missouri at Vanderbilt.
The Gators had at least 21 players and coaches test positive for the coronavirus and dozens more quarantined because of contract tracing.
This is a developing story.