Nick Saban tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday. The Alabama head coach previously had a false positive earlier this season, followed by three negative tests prior to the Crimson Tide’s matchup against Georgia.
With the news of Saban’s positive PCR test, the head coach will miss the weekend’s Iron Bowl against Auburn. With Saban off the sideline, offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian will man duties for Alabama.
Saban needs to go into a 10 day isolation but according to SEC protocols, he can return soon.
Saban needs to isolate for 10 days but he could miss more than one game if his symptoms do not subside. If they do subside, Saban would need to exhibit no symptoms for two days in order to return for Alabama’s next game, a road date with Arkansas on December 5th. Alabama has yet to reschedule their postponed game against LSU with the SEC Championship looming on December 19th.
While Alabama is favored the remainder of the schedule, not having Saban against Auburn could be a huge factor in the Iron Bowl. Of course, the game being a rivalry, anything can happen despite it being a home game for the Crimson Tide.
Alabama released a statement earlier on Wednesday regarding Saban’s test.
“This morning we received notification that Coach Saban tested positive for COVID-19,” the statement read. “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 also released a statement in regards to this positive test.
“I was informed this morning that I had tested positive,” Saban said. “It was a PCR test, which was different than the false positive I had before.”
Alabama is fresh off of a 63-3 blowout win over Kentucky, which improved its record to 7-0. With what has been shown on the field, the Crimson Tide found themselves at the top of the College Football Playoff rankings that were released for the first time on Tuesday night. Right behind Alabama was Notre Dame, Ohio State and Clemson, in that order.
Alabama now looks to continue its dominance through the season and keep its perfect record intact. If it can make it to this year’s College Football Playoff, it will be the sixth time in the seven-year history of the playoff that the school has made it. Last year was the first time Alabama missed the College Football Playoff.
The Crimson Tide can improve their resume with a win over Auburn this weekend. They’ll face the rival Tigers in the Iron Bowl this Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET.