Alabama will be without their head coach this weekend in the biggest game of the season because of COVID-19.
Nick Saban will have to sit out this weekend’s huge SEC matchup between #2 Alabama and #3 Georgia that has major college football playoff implications after testing positive for the Coronavirus.
Alabama HC Nick Saban tested positive for COVID-19, per the school.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 14, 2020
“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,” he said.
Byrne said he has entered self-isolation and will remain at home, adding, “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.”
It’s been a tough week for the SEC, who had earlier announced the cancellation of the Florida vs LSU after an alarming amount of UF players tested positive for Coronavirus.
As of now, the Georgia-Alabama game is still scheduled to be played on Saturday but that could change at any moment if any players test positive for COVID-19.
Update: Steve Sarkisian is set to take over coaching duties for Saban on Saturday.
Alabama coach Nick Saban & AD Greg Byrne test positive for COVID. Offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian will oversee “preparations” for Georgia game, while Saban works from home
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) October 14, 2020