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Nick Saban Tests Positive for COVID-19, Will Miss Saturday’s Iron Bowl vs. Auburn

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Last month, Nick Saban received a false-positive for COVID-19. On Wednesday, Saban tested positive and is showing “very mild symptoms,” the school announced.

Fortunately for the University of Alabama no other coaches have tested positive, Saban said.

“He will follow all appropriate guidelines and isolate at home,” the Crimson Tide’s physician Dr. Jimmy Robinson and head athletic trainer Jeff Allen said in the statement.

Former USC and Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian will take over head coaching duties as No. 1 Alabama battles No. 22 Auburn in Tuscaloosa on Saturday.

Saban said he doesn’t have any of the major symptoms of the coronavirus, like loss of smell or taste. He must now isolate for 10 days, which means he can return Dec. 3 — just a day before Alabama’s last regular season game with Arkansas.

There have been at least 18 FBS head coaches test positive for the virus this season. The SEC now has three of the 18, Florida’s Dan Mullen, Arkansas’ Sam Pittman and Saban.

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