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Alabama football coach Nick Saban tests positive for Covid-19

October 14, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

University of Alabama's Head football Coach Nick Saban has tested positive for Covid-19, the university said on Wednesday.

(CNN)University of Alabama's Head football Coach Nick Saban has tested positive for Covid-19, the university said on Wednesday.

Greg Byrne, the school's director of athletics, also tested positive, the school said.

"Early this afternoon, we received notification that Coach Saban and Greg Byrne tested positive for COVID-19," a statement from Dr. Jimmy Robinson, the team's physician, and Jeff Allen, the team's director of sports medicine, said.

The news comes just three days out from the Crimson Tide's critical conference showdown with visiting Georgia, slated for Saturday at 8 p. m. ET in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

"I found out earlier this afternoon that I had tested positive for COVID-19.

I immediately left work and isolated at home," Saban said in a statement, adding "At this time, I do not have any symptoms relative to COVID. "

"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.

The 68-year-old Saban has been the head coach at Alabama since 2007, winning five national championships in that span.

Saban joins the likes of Florida State's Mike Norvell, Arizona's Kevin Sumlin, and Les Miles of Kansas as FBS head coaches who have tested positive for the coronavirus.

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