Nick Saban tests positive for COVID-19, unlikely to be with Alabama vs Auburn
Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban has recently shown symptoms of contracting COVID-19, then he eventually tested positive for the virus. He is not expected to coach his No. 1 ranked team as they go up against the No. 22 ranked Auburn Tigers in the Iron Bowl on Saturday, as per Cecil Hurt.
Alabama coach Nick Saban has tested positive for COVID-19 and is not expected to coach against Auburn on Saturday, sources have told The Tuscaloosa News. Saban had a false positive earlier this year but has shown symptoms in this instance.
— Cecil Hurt (@CecilHurt) November 25, 2020
The multi-titled shot-caller already tested positive for the virus earlier in the season, although it eventually turned out to be a mere false-positive result. After being hailed as the nation’s top football squad this season, the Crimson Tide managed to preserve their immaculate record through seven games played.
Their most recent encounter was on Nov. 21 as they asserted their dominance against the listless Kentucky Wildcats en route to a 63-3 demolition job. Despite junior wide receiver Jaylen Waddle going down with a season-ending ankle injury, the Crimson Tide still found reliable contributors to step up in lieu of his absence.
With the leadership of a Heisman Trophy candidate in junior quarterback Mac Jones, senior running back Najee Harris continues on his impressive play in the backfield while senior wideout DeVonta Smith also receives more touches as of late.
On the other hand, the Auburn Tigers are also coming off an impressive win against the Tennessee Volunteers whom they defeated on a 30-17 outcome. The victory allowed the Gus Malzahn-led squad to add another tally to their win column and improve to a 5-2 record.
Even without Nick Saban at the helm, the Crimson Tide is still expected by many to come out with a victory against the Tigers and stretch their winning streak to eight games.