Alabama at LSU game postponed because of COVID-19

Coach Nick Saban on COVID-19 case, response

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - UPDATE: Alabama head coach Nick Saban said Wednesday the team has had one positive COVID-19 test this week. Saban talked on the SEC teleconference Wednesday morning.

Saban said players can go home, but they are all asked to be careful. If they go somewhere they’re not supposed to go then coach said they would ask the player why he did that.

Saban also said if a player does that he’s putting himself and other players at risk, and that’s something the players have not really done during the pandemic. He said they’ve done a good job not putting themselves at risk.

ORIGINAL: The Alabama at LSU game has been postponed because of COVID-19 cases.

Coach Ed Orgeron said Monday several players had tested positive for COVID-19.

The game was originally scheduled for Nov. 14 at 5:00 p.m.

he Alabama at LSU game on Saturday, November 14, has been postponed due to a combination of positive tests, contact tracing and subsequent quarantining of individuals within the LSU program, consistent with Southeastern Conference COVID-19 management requirements.

“While it is unfortunate to have multiple postponements in the same week, we began the season with the understanding interruptions to the schedule were possible and we have remained focused throughout the season on the health of everyone around our programs,” said SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey. “We must remain vigilant, within our programs and in our communities, to prevent the spread of the virus and to manage activities that contribute to these interruptions.”

Per the SEC, because LSU has a game tentatively scheduled for December 12, the opportunity to reschedule the Alabama at LSU game will need to be evaluated. The rescheduling of games on the remaining SEC football schedule may include December 19 as a playing date.

The SEC’s COVID-19 management requirements, as developed by the SEC’s Return to Activity and Medical Guidance Task Force, are available on SECsports.com. (full report).

“While it is unfortunate to have multiple postponements in the same week, we began the season with the understanding interruptions to the schedule were possible and we have remained focused throughout the season on the health of everyone around our programs,” said SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey. “We must remain vigilant, within our programs and in our communities, to prevent the spread of the virus and to manage activities that contribute to these interruptions.”

The Auburn at Mississippi State and Texas A&M at Tennessee games have been tentatively rescheduled for December 12. Because LSU has a game tentatively scheduled for December 12, the opportunity to reschedule the Alabama at LSU game will need to be evaluated. The rescheduling of games on the remaining SEC football schedule may include December 19 as a playing date.

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