Ayyyeee… What’s Goodie Everyone. So I got some tea and it involves football coach Nick Saban.
Nick Saban, the football coach at the University of Alabama said Wednesday that he had tested positive for the coronavirus, deepening the pandemic’s turmoil throughout the Southeastern Conference.
Saban, whose number 2 ranked team is scheduled to host No. 3 Georgia on Saturday, said in a statement that he was asymptomatic and isolating at his home in Tuscaloosa. Alabama’s athletic director, Greg Byrne, also tested positive, the university said.
During a news conference conducted via Zoom on Wednesday night, Saban, seemingly alone and wearing a face mask around his neck, said that he had been “very surprised” by the positive result, which Alabama detected during its daily testing for its football program.
Saban suggested that he could have contracted the virus when Alabama visited Mississippi last weekend, echoing concerns from others in college football that travel may pose some of the greatest risks to the season.
The announcement from Alabama was a fresh shock to a league grappling with its most perilous week of virus related crises. On Wednesday, the conference postponed Saturday’s game between Florida and Louisiana State after at least 21 Florida players and two assistant coaches tested positive for the virus. Florida said it would have had fewer than 50 scholarship players available for the game in Gainesville, Florida which was below the league’s minimum of 53.