Alabama football coach Nick Saban tests positive for coronavirus

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama football coach Nick Saban has tested positive for the coronavirus, the school announced Wednesday.

Saban, 68, and athletic director Greg Byrne both tested positive for COVID-19, ESPN reported. The coach was informed of the positive test Wednesday.

In a statement, Saban said he does not have any symptoms.

“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,” Saban said.

Byrne said he is self-isolating and will work from home, ESPN reported.

“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,” Byrne said.

Saban has won national championships at Alabama and six overall. The Crimson Tide’s most recent NCAA title came after the 2017 season.

Saban also won a national title with LSU during the 2003 season.

No. 2 Alabama plays No. 3 Georgia on Saturday night.

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