The Alabama Crimson Tide are still reeling from the news that head coach Nick Saban has tested positive for COVID-19 along with athletic director Greg Byrne. But while there is some concern for the health of the 68-year-old coach, one of his former assistants is sure that he’ll beat the virus like he usually beats his opponents on the football field.
New York Giants head coach Joe Judge, who was Saban’s special teams assistant at Alabama from 2009-11, was asked about the news that his former mentor had tested positive for the virus. The Giants coach then had the perfect response, per Kim Jones of the NFL Network:
#NYG Joe Judge on Nick Saban (for whom he worked): “He’ll probably beat Covid. He’s got a pretty good record against every other opponent.”
— Kim Jones (@KimJonesSports) October 15, 2020
The 38-year-old Judge is obviously referring to Saban’s staggering 251-65 record in his 25 years as head coach, which includes a 160-23 record in his 14 years as the head coach of the Crimson Tide. Saban is one of the most successful coaches in college football history, with six national champions and eight SEC titles under his belt as Alabama coach.
The second ranked Crimson Tide were enjoying a successful season before he tested positive for COVID-19, as they have started the season with a 3-0 record, including a 63-48 win over Ole Miss last Sunday. The team, however, will have to continue their strong start without their head coach this Sunday against third-ranked Georgia.
Judge, on the other hand, will try to give the 0-5 Giants their first win of the season against Washington.
Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian is set to take over the coaching duties against the Bulldogs, while Saban remains in isolation and tries to include COVID-19 among the many opponents that he has defeated throughout his storied career.