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2 Coaches Will Reportedly Miss Tonight's Alabama-Missouri Game

Nick Saban pacing on the Alabama football sideline.

ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 08: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts to a play during the second half against the Georgia Bulldogs in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

On Saturday, SEC football will make its long-awaited return to football fields across the south and televisions around the country.

SEC football action kicks off with a pair of games as Kentucky takes on Auburn and Ole Miss hosts Florida. Later tonight, the Missouri Tigers have the distinct pleasure - or lack thereof - of hosting the Alabama Crimson Tide.

Alabama enters as the heavy favorite, despite being on the road. Nick Saban's Crimson Tide team is favored by over four touchdowns against a rebuilding Tigers team.

Unfortunately for both sides, they will be down a coach. College football insider Pete Thamel revealed two coaches will not be on the sideline when the game kicks off.

"Alabama safeties coach Charles Kelly and Missouri defensive backs coach Charlie Harbison will miss the game," Thamel reported on Saturday morning.

That's obviously not a great start to the 2020 college football season for either team. Hopefully both are feeling well and will be able to rejoin their respective teams in the near future.

Alabama enters the 2020 season with a new quarterback under center after Tua Tagovailoa became the No. 5 overall pick in the 2020 NFL draft. Redshirt junior Mac Jones will get the start at quarterback.

As for Missouri, Eli Drinkwitz is making his debut as the Tigers head coach. He likely would have hoped for a different opponent for his very first SEC game.

Alabama-Missouri kicks off at 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPN.