Alabama announces another positive test for Nick Saban
Alabama head coach Nick Saban has tested positive for COVID-19 a second time, the school announced Wednesday.
“This morning we received notification that Coach Saban tested positive for COVID-19,” a released statement from Dr. Jimmy Robinson and Jeff Allen reads. “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.”
With the UA medical staff indicating that this does not look like a false positive, it appears Saban will not coach Saturday’s rivalry showdown against Auburn. Earlier this season, Saban tested positive ahead of the Alabama-Georgia game, but was asymptomatic and tested out by producing multiple negative tests, indicating the initial positive test was a false positive.
When Saban was expected to miss the Georgia game, offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian was announced as the acting head coach. UA has not yet made that announcement for the Auburn game.
Saturday will be the first Iron Bowl without Saban since 2006. In that season, Tommy Tuberville’s Tigers defeated Mike Shula’s Crimson Tide 22-15 in Bryant-Denny Stadium.