Nick Saban Tests Positive for COVID, Days Before Alabama vs. Georgia

Tanya Simon
October 16, 2020

I'm just right down the street. "He's literally coaching practice from a Zoom call".

'I personally think I did a really good job of trying to manage my personal space, ' Saban said. "I have faith he will overcome this quickly".

Alabama's head trainer Jeff Allen and medical director Jimmy Robinson said in a joint statement that Saban and Byrne were the only initial positive tests in Tuscaloosa.

Saban on Wednesday did not rule out coaching in Saturday's game, which will carry major implications for the College Football Playoff but he admitted, "I'm not sure exactly how this is going to play out in terms of when the game comes".

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Earlier in the week, the SEC announced that the October 17 game between Vanderbilt University and the University of Missouri would be tentatively rescheduled for December 12 "due to positive tests & subsequent quarantine of individuals within the Vanderbilt FB program", saying "the action is consistent with SEC COVID-19 management requirements".

As of now, the number two-ranked Crimson Tide's upcoming game against third-ranked Georgia, scheduled for this Saturday night, is still on.

According to, "Saban has been careful with mask usage in public since the season began". He also said that he had not been around Saban of late. 'And that would be what I've informed our players to try to do because you have to respect this disease and the spread of this disease'. That would be the greatest concern that I have.

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