The long list of major names to contract the novel coronavirus has a new addition: University of Alabama football head coach Nick Saban.
Team officials released the information on Wednesday that the legendary football coach has tested positive for COVID-19.
As mentioned in Cecil Hurt’s tweet, Saban directed Alabama’s Wednesday practice from home. It also appears as if things will be going ahead as normal for the program.
According to ESPN, Saban was told the news of the positive test. Consequentially, he proceeded to leave the team’s facilities in Tuscaloosa, Alabama immediately. In addition to Saban’s positive test, Alabama athletic director Greg Byrne also tested positive for COVID-19.
Saban’s Legacy at Alabama
For die-hard Crimson Tide fans and fans of college football in general, Saban’s name is as household as your dishwasher.
After solidifying himself as one of college football’s top coaches while with Alabama’s rivals LSU, winning a national in 2003 with the Tigers.
After a brief stint with the Miami Dolphins, Saban made a surprise return to college football at the beginning of 2007. The rest is, to use the classic phrase, history.
From the span of the 2007 season to the present day, Saban is 155-23 as head coach for the Crimson Tide. Further, he has notched five national championships. His run with Alabama has left him unquestionably in the conversation for the greatest coaches of all time.
Saban Encouraged Others to Wear Mask
Before the beginning of the college football season, Saban put out a public service announcement to encourage social distancing and the wearing of a mask.
In the video, Saban “scolds” Alabama mascot Big Al for the lack of a mask.
“All of us want to make sure we play football this fall, Saban said. “And to make that happen, we must be sure we stay at home if we have symptoms; wash your hands often; follow social distancing guidelines, and please wear a mask any time you’re around other people.”