Alabama coach Nick Saban and athletic director Greg Byrne tested positive for the coronavirus on Wednesday, the school announced, three days before the second-ranked Crimson Tide’s showdown with No. 3 Georgia.
Upon receiving the news, both went home to isolate, while those considered high-risk contacts were notified.
“At this time, I do not have any symptoms relative to COVID, and I have taken another PCR test to confirm my diagnosis,” the 68-year-old Saban said in a statement. “I informed our team of my positive test at 2 p.m. today on a Zoom call.”
Offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian will oversee the team while the 68-year-old Saban is away. Florida State coach Mike Norvell had to miss a game earlier this year after contracting the virus.
“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,” the 48-year-old Byrne said.
Earlier Wednesday, positive COVID-19 tests within the Florida program resulted in the postponement of its game against LSU.