Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban officially has the coronavirus

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

For Real. Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Unlike last time, Saban has the virus this time around. He had a false positive in October.

Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban runs onto the field before his team faced the Missouri Tigers
Nick Saban runs onto the field before his team faced the Missouri Tigers (Photo by Alabama Football/Instagram)

Following his false positive, Saban had multiple negative tests that allowed him to coach against the Georgia Bulldogs. However, this weekend, he will not coach against the Auburn Tigers in the Iron Bowl at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

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With Saban dealing with mild symptoms, Steve Sarkisian will serve as the interim head coach. He previously served as a head coach with the USC Trojans and the Washington Huskies.

“This morning we received notification that Coach Saban tested positive for COVID-19,” Alabama said in a statement, according to Fox10TV. “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 legendary head coach will have to isolate just one day before Thanksgiving. If he continues with systems, he may miss two weeks or longer with diagnosis. 

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The Crimson Tide are 7-0 under Saban’s leadership. They were named to the No. 1 spot in the first College Football Playoff rankings that came out on Tuesday night.

The battle of the Southeastern Conference West Division will be on the line in this game. The undefeated Crimson Tide faces the 5-2 Tigers.

However, Auburn is just 1-2 on the road this season. A loss by the Crimson Tide will drop them into a tie with the Texas A&M Aggies, who are 5-1 in conference play. 

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