Nick Saban, the senior Alabama soccer coach, tested positive for coronavirus on Wednesday, according to university officials.
Saban tested positive for the virus in October, but doctors concluded within a few days that the first test was inaccurate. However, on Wednesday, Alabama said he had “very mild symptoms so this test will not be considered a potentially false positive.”
The result means Saban will miss Saturday’s rivalry game against Auburn # 22.
“We hate that this situation has arisen, but as I have said many times, one has to be able to deal with disruptions this year,” Saban said on a conference call with reporters on Wednesday morning. He said he “really has no significant signs of the virus at the moment”.
However, he admitted that he had a runny nose.
Steve Sarkisian, Alabama’s offensive coordinator, will lead the team in Saban’s absence.