Greg Byrne, the varsity’s director of athletics, additionally examined constructive, the varsity stated.
“Early this afternoon, we obtained notification that Coach Saban and Greg Byrne examined constructive for COVID-19,” a press release from Dr. Jimmy Robinson, the workforce’s doctor, and Jeff Allen, the workforce’s director of sports activities medication, stated. “Each instantly left the power and went to their houses to self-isolate after receiving that data.”
The information comes simply three days out from the Crimson Tide’s crucial convention showdown with visiting Georgia, slated for Saturday at eight p.m. ET in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
“I discovered earlier this afternoon that I had examined constructive for COVID-19. I instantly left work and remoted at residence,” Saban stated in a press release, including “Right now, I would not have any signs relative to COVID.”
Alabama is unbeaten on the season at 3-0, and ranked second within the Related Press nationwide ballot. Georgia, additionally 3-0, is ranked third.
“I knowledgeable our workforce of my constructive take a look at at 2 p.m. at this time on a Zoom name and allow them to know offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian will oversee preparations on the advanced whereas I work at home,” Saban stated.
The 68-year-old Saban has been the pinnacle coach at Alabama since 2007, successful 5 nationwide championships in that span. He additionally boasts a sixth ring earned whereas roaming the sidelines at Louisiana State College (LSU) in 2003.
Byrne, in the meantime, says he has entered self-isolation and can stay at residence, noting in a press release that he continues “to encourage you all to take the mandatory precautions to assist cease the unfold of this virus for your self and people round you.”
Saban joins the likes of Florida State’s Mike Norvell, Arizona’s Kevin Sumlin, and Les Miles of Kansas as FBS head coaches who’ve examined constructive for the coronavirus.
He informed reporters he feels nice and isn’t involved about his well being, and he is undecided how contracted the virus.
“I’ve worn a masks on the sidelines, and I put on a masks on a regular basis, within the lodge, on the bus, within the aircraft. So, no person actually know the way this happens, however I do know that our medical workers has achieved a very good job,” he stated.
“And the No. 1 factor that I might be involved about is can the gamers nonetheless exit, give attention to the sport, play the sport. It is a huge recreation for them.”