Alabama head coach Nick Saban tests positive for COVID-19, still preparing team for Georgia game

Nick Saban, Greg Byrne test positive for COVID-19

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - UPDATE: Alabama football coach Nick Saban is still symptom-free after testing positive for COVID-19.

Jeff Allen - Associate AD, Sports Medicine said, “Coach Saban was evaluated by our team physician Dr. Jimmy Robinson today. Coach remains asymptomatic at this point and is doing fine. He is continuing to self-isolate and will remain in the SEC testing protocol while being evaluated daily.”

Coach Saban said he and the team are getting ready for the Georgia game as normal.

Saban, addressing the media after he tested positive for COVID-19, said he’ll continue to hold team meetings through Zoom.

Saban said the team had a plan for if a coach tested positive. Right now Offensive Coordinator Steve Sarkisian is overseeing preparations at the complex. Saban is working at home.

Coach said he will prep the team from home. He participated in a practice over Zoom Wednesday.

Saban said he wears a mask all the time and on the sidelines, but he said travelling exposes the team more to COVID-19 than staying at home in the bubble.

Coach Saban said, “I personally think I did a really good job of trying to manage my personal space." "My message would be adhere to protocol of what people are asking us to do.”

“Assume everyone you might come in contact with might be infected,” said Saban.

The Crimson Tide kicks off at home against the Georgia Bulldogs Saturday, October 17 at 7:00 p.m.

ORIGINAL: Alabama head coach Nick Saban and Athletic Director Greg Byrne both tested positive for COVID-19.

WBRC FOX6 News received this email from Alabama Athletics Wednesday:

Statement from Dr. Jimmy Robinson and Jeff Allen - “Early this afternoon, we received notification that Coach Saban and Greg Byrne tested positive for COVID-19. Both immediately left the facility and went to their homes to self-isolate after receiving that information. At this point in time, the positive tests are limited to those two individuals. All individuals who are considered high risk contacts have been notified and will follow quarantine guidelines. We will follow the SEC’s Return to Activity and Medical Guidance Task Force Protocol for testing asymptomatic positives.”

Statement from Alabama Head Football Coach Nick Saban

“I found out earlier this afternoon that I had tested positive for COVID-19. I immediately left work and isolated at home. At this time, I do not have any symptoms relative to COVID, and I have taken another PCR test to confirm my diagnosis. I informed our team of my positive test at 2 p.m. today on a Zoom call and let them know offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian will oversee preparations at the complex while I work from home.”

Alabama AD Greg Byrne
Alabama AD Greg Byrne (Source: WBRC)

Statement from Alabama Director of Athletics Greg Byrne

“Today, I received notice that my COVID-19 test from this morning came back positive. Upon hearing the news, I immediately entered self-isolation and will remain at home and follow all guidelines. We’ve been diligent about mask wearing and social distancing from the start and want to continue to encourage you all to take the necessary precautions to help stop the spread of this virus for yourself and those around you.”

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