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State health experts optimistic about Alabama and Auburn football

The two Power 5 schools have been emphasizing to students on campus that football season depends on them committing to social distancing, mask-wearing and being extra careful, something Dr. Scott Harris says has been well done lately.
The two Power 5 schools have been emphasizing to students on campus that football season depends on them committing to social distancing, mask-wearing and being extra careful, something Dr. Scott Harris says has been well done lately.(WBRC)
Published: Sep. 19, 2020 at 2:15 PM CDT
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By Cassie Fambro | September 18, 2020 at 9:34 PM CDT - Updated September 18 at 9:45 PM

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Earlier this week, we learned from Nick Saban that Alabama players are being tested for COVID-19 daily, a step that health officials say is impressive.

Missouri will be down 12 players when they face Alabama due to COVID-19, but Alabama has only had about a handful of cases since the summer among players.

Auburn football also has no new cases in advance of their first game after almost a dozen players tested positive earlier this month.

The two Power 5 schools have been emphasizing to students on campus that football season depends on them committing to social distancing, mask-wearing and being extra careful, something Dr. Scott Harris says has been well done lately.

“I believe they’ve done a good job coming up with a plan to protect the student athletes, you know what happens between the sidelines, I think you can control pretty well and they’ve done really good things to make that happen and keep student athletes in a bubble to the extent possible,” said Dr. Scott Harris.

He cautions that it’s what happens off the field that will keep the ball in play.

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