Alabama head football coach Nick Saban has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a statement released by team physician Dr. Jimmy Robinson and Associate Director of Sports Medicine Jeff Allen.
It is reported that he has mild symptoms and will not coach the Iron Bowl this weekend.
“This morning we received notification that Coach Saban tested positive for COVID-19," Robinson and Allen said. "He has very mild symptoms, so this test will not be categorized as a potential false positive. He will follow all appropriate guidelines and isolate at home.”
Saban previously tested positive for the virus on Oct. 13, four days before the team’s matchup against Georgia. Since he was asymptomatic, he was able to follow potential false-positive guidelines set by the Southeastern Conference.
If a player or coach is asymptomatic, they are eligible to return to normal activities as long as they produce three consecutive negative tests. The three tests must be administered 24 hours apart.
Saban produced three consecutive negative tests and was able to return to coaching for the Oct. 17 game.
Wednesday’s positive test combined with mild symptoms means that the 69-year-old must be isolated for 10 days, according to the SEC Task Force.
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Offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian will take over the reins of the Crimson Tide as acting head coach for Saturday’s game. Sarkisian was the head coach for the University of Washington from 2009-2013 and at USC from 2014-2015.
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