University of Alabama coach Nick Saban tests positive for COVID-19

by Peter Heck · Oct 15th, 2020 10:35 am

Last Updated Oct 15th, 2020 at 4:19 pm

One of college football's most recognizable coaches, Nick Saban of the University of Alabama, has tested positive for coronavirus. Alabama announced Wednesday that Saban and university athletic director Greg Byrne have the virus and are quarantining at home.

At this point, those are the only two members of the school's football program that have tested positive.

"I found out earlier this afternoon that I had tested positive for COVID-19," Saban said in a statement. "I immediately left work and isolated at home. At this time, I do not have any symptoms relative to COVID, and I have taken another PCR test to confirm my diagnosis."

The coach went on to say that his offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian will take the lead role in preparing the team, while he works from home. By Wednesday evening, Saban's daughter was tweeting that the coach was still actively involved in team activities remotely.

Even though the coach is reporting no symptoms, his diagnosis puts this weekend's SEC football showdown between Alabama and Georgia in jeopardy.


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