Oct 14, 2020 - Sports

Alabama football coach Nick Saban tests positive for COVID-19

Nick Saban

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The University of Alabama's football coach Nick Saban and athletic director Greg Byrne said in statements Wednesday that they have tested positive for COVID-19.

The big picture: Both the 68-year-old Saban and 48-year-old Byrne said that they immediately left work to isolate at home after receiving their positive tests and that neither are experiencing symptoms.

  • Alabama is currently the No. 2-ranked college football team in the country, and it's dominated the sport for most of the 14 years that Saban has been head coach.
  • It's unclear how the infections will affect Alabama's scheduled game on Saturday against the No. 3-ranked University of Georgia, or whether other players or staff members have contracted the virus.
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