Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban will likely miss this Saturday’s Iron Bowl game against Auburn after testing positive for COVID-19. The University announced the coach’s coronavirus test results today. The CDC recommends that COVID patients isolate for up to 14 days. The annual Iron Bowl game is Saturday. Saban had what turned out to be false positive back in mid-October. Team physician Dr. Jimmy Robinson says the coach’s latest situation appears to be different since he’s showing mild symptoms.
“This test will not be categorized as a potential false positive,” said Robinson. “He (Saban) will follow all appropriate guidelines and isolate at home.”
Saban reported no symptoms after testing positive last month. He later tested negative, which enabled him to return to the field as the Crimson Tide faced number three ranked Georgia. Alabama would win that game 41-24. COVID was also an issue as the Tide prepared to play LSU on November 14th. An undisclosed number of Tigers’ players tested positive for the coronavirus. The situation meant LSU didn’t have enough scholarship athletes available to meet NCAA requirements to play, so the game was postponed. There’s speculation in the press that the match may be rescheduled for December 5th.