Nick Saban has once again tested positive for coronavirus, but this time there will be no testing out to get onto the field.
From Alabama: “This morning we received notification that Coach Saban tested positive for COVID-19. He has very mild symptoms, so this test will not be categorized as a potential false positive. He will follow all appropriate guidelines and isolate at home.”— Aaron Suttles (@AaronSuttles) November 25, 2020
As expected, it will be Steve Sarkisian running the show.
Steve Sarkisian will handle the head coaching responsibilities for Alabama in the Iron Bowl— Matt Zenitz (@mzenitz) November 25, 2020
The main concern, of course, is Nick’s health, but he should be fine. While his age puts him in a somewhat higher risk category, his general good health will help him. It’s great to hear that his symptoms are mild. Hopefully it stays that way.
Saban said he has “a little bit of a runny nose” but he doesn’t have a fever or any major symptoms of COVID-19.— Michael Casagrande (@ByCasagrande) November 25, 2020
From a team perspective, as I said last time, I don’t expect a lot to change on the field. While there will always be some concern about a coordinator picking up extra duties on the fly, this veteran group of assistants should function just fine for a game. In fact, this game may well serve as something of an audition for Steve, who will be on the short list for any major opening this offseason. I fully expect the players to be extra motivated to play well for Nick, which certainly can’t hurt.