Alabama head coach Nick Saban has tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus, according to a statement released by the university Wednesday morning.
In the statement, Dr. Jimmy Robinson and Jeff Allen of the university staff said, “This morning we received notification that Coach Saban tested positive for COVID-19. 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.”
This, of course, is Iron Bowl week. Alabama, which claimed the No. 1 spot in the first College Football Playoff rankings released Tuesday night, and was a unanimous No. 1 selection in the Associated Press Top 25 poll this week, is a 25.5-point favorite to defeat Auburn in the annual rivalry game.
Saban was under COVID-19 protocol the week of the Georgia game earlier this season, but that was later ruled a false positive test when he displayed no symptoms and tested negative three times in follow-up testing. He was allowed to coach in the Georgia game.
Saturday’s Iron Bowl will kick off at 2:30 p.m. CST. It will be played at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
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