Alabama’s Nick Saban Tests Positive for Covid-19, Steve Sarkisian Leading Team for Georgia Week

The SEC made it several weeks without Covid-19 dramatically affecting the conference’s season, but there has been major impact from the virus this week. The latest: Alabama announced that coach Nick Saban and athletic director Greg Byrne have tested positive.

“I found out earlier this afternoon that I had tested positive for Covid-19,” Saban said in a statement. “I immediately left work and isolated at home. At this time, I do not have any symptoms relative to Covid.”

Saban, 68, said that Steve Sarkisian “will oversee preparations at the complex while I work from home.”

Sarkisian, Alabama’s offensive coordinator, was previously the head coach at USC and Washington.

Alabama plays Georgia Saturday in primetime in a marquee matchup between the second and third ranked teams in the nation.

This week, Vanderbilt-Missouri and LSU-Florida have been postponed due to Covid-19 outbreaks at Vanderbilt and Florida. Ole Miss-Arkansas could be in limbo as Ole Miss has experienced an outbreak. The SEC has two bye weeks built into the season to account for these postponements.

Written by Ryan Glasspiegel

Ryan Glasspiegel grew up in Connecticut, graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and lives in Chicago. Before OutKick, he wrote for Sports Illustrated and The Big Lead. He enjoys expensive bourbon and cheap beer.


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  1. hope Sabin will be fine as I do for anyone with Covid-19, Corona, its like football, you have to pick the team u are going to root for; the Biden team, screaming about the number of cases, favoring closing schools and economy ignoring recovery rates and hospitalizations, ( i.e. playing offense to get elected) or the Trump team, playing defense talking about imminent vaccines avoiding 2 million dead,, project warp seed, pushing for opening economy and schools, personally I am rooting for the Trump team

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