Alabama head coach Nick Saban, AD Greg Byrne test positive for COVID-19

Published 5:12 pm Wednesday, October 14, 2020

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University of Alabama head coach Nick Saban and Athletics Director Greg Byrne have tested positive for COVID-19.

Doctor Jimmy Robinson and Assistant Athletic Director Jeff Allen released the following statement.

“Early this afternoon, we received notification that Coach Saban and Greg Byrne tested positive for COVID-19. Both immediately left the facility and went to their homes to self-isolate after receiving that information. At this point in time, the positive tests are limited to those two individuals. All individuals who are considered high risk contacts have been notified and will follow quarantine guidelines. We will follow the SEC’s Return to Activity and Medical Guidance Task Force Protocol for testing asymptomatic positives.”

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Although he tested positive, head coach Nick Saban is not feeling any symptoms related to Covid-19. Coach Steve Sarkisian will oversee things at the complex while Saban remains at home.

“I found out earlier this afternoon that I had tested positive for COVID-19. I immediately left work and isolated at home. At this time, I do not have any symptoms relative to COVID, and I have taken another PCR test to confirm my diagnosis. 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.”

Like Saban, Byrne immediately isolated himself upon hearing the news that he tested positive for the virus.

“Today, I received notice that my COVID-19 test from this morning came back positive. Upon hearing the news, I immediately entered self-isolation and will remain at home and follow all guidelines. We’ve been diligent about mask wearing and social distancing from the start and want to continue to encourage you all to take the necessary precautions to help stop the spread of this virus for yourself and those around you.”

Alabama is scheduled to host Georgia on Saturday evening.