Alabama coach Nick Saban tests positive for coronavirus, has 'very mild symptoms'

Alabama football coach Nick Saban

Alabama football coach Nick Saban

"This morning we received notification that Coach Saban tested positive for COVID-19", Dr. Jimmy Robinson, Alabama medical director and Jeff Allen, head football athletic trainer, said in a statement.

"He has very mild symptoms, so this test will not be categorized as a potential false positive", the statement said. He will follow all appropriate guidelines and isolate at home.

Other FBS head coaches such as Kansas' Les Miles and Arizona's Kevin Sumlin have also tested positive for Covid-19 this season. He was cleared to coach in the game after subsequent tests leading up to the game came back negative. "It was a PCR test, which was different than the false positive I had before".

Saban said he's the only person at Alabama to test positive and isn't experiencing symptoms like fever or muscle aches, according to Adam Rittenberg of ESPN.

The undefeated Crimson Tide (7-0) is to host the 5-2 Auburn Tigers in what is known as the Iron Bowl, what generally is considered one of the top 25 top rivalries in college football.

Suttles: Alabama has yet to name an interim coach for the game, but it is believed that offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian will handle that duty.

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