That obviously can't happen this year because of social distancing restrictions, and it especially couldn't happen Thursday because Saban is isolating at home after testing positive Wednesday for COVID-19. Saban has become a staple at the University of Alabama after turning their football program into a powerhouse since the mid-2000's.
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.
On the field, eight ranked teams will face road tests this week, and we arguably have the biggest game of the regular season on tap - Georgia vs Alabama.
Alabama hasn't disclosed positive tests among players since the pandemic started, but Saban said Wednesday that they "haven't had any indication" of an outbreak among players.
"I had the manager have a phone", he said.
The coach added that "offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian will oversee preparations at the complex while I work from home". In an earlier response to the prospect of any coach being in quarantine because of COVID-19, Shaw's interpretation was that coaches aren't allowed to use technology to call in plays or communicate with the team in the locker room.
Alabama team physicians Jimmy Robinson and Jeff Allen said Saban and Byrne were the only two individuals who tested positive "at this point in time" and explained that the school would follow the SEC's Return to Activity and Medical Guidance Task Force Protocol for testing asymptomatic positives. "So I just want to wish him the best from all of us here and the organization". "Upon hearing the news, I immediately entered self-isolation and will remain at home and follow all guidelines".