Alabama’s Nick Saban tests positive for COVID-19

Alabama coach Nick Saban tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday and will sit out this weekend’s game against Auburn.

“This morning we received notification that Coach Saban tested positive for COVID-19,” the school said in a statement. “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, 69, will have to isolate for at least 10 days, thereby preventing him from coaching in the Iron Bowl on Saturday afternoon.

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Offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian likely will coach the top-ranked Crimson Tide (7-0, 7-0 Southeastern Conference) against No. 22 Auburn (5-2, 5-2).

Saban initially tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 14 before receiving three consecutive negative tests. He was able to coach three days later in the Crimson Tide’s 41-24 victory over Georgia.

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