Alabama head football coach Nick Saban has officially tested positive for COVID-19 and will not coach in the Iron Bowl this Saturday, Nov. 28.
Saban tested positive for COVID-19 earlier in the season but subsequent negative tests resulted in it being classified a false positive.
Alabama medical team members Dr. Jimmy Robinson and Jeff Allen released a joint statement on Nov. 25 confirming the news and stated that the longtime Crimson Tide coach was suffering from “mild symptoms” currently.
“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.”
The bad news for Alabama comes as the Crimson Tide are in the midst of an undefeated season and vying for a spot in the SEC Championship. Sabann will not be on the sideline for an Alabama game for the first time since arriving in Tuscaloosa in 2007, and it will come against rival Auburn in the annual Iron Bowl.
Alabama offensive coordinator – and former USC head coach – Steve Sarkisian was announced as Alabama’s interim head coach earlier in the season when Saban tested positive the first time, but no formal announcement has been made for who will serve as the interim head coach during the Iron Bowl.