COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc on the sports world, as Alabama Football Head Coach Nick Saban confirmed this week he has contracted the virus.
At 68-years-old, Saban falls into a higher risk category for problematic coronavirus complications. He is said to not be experiencing symptoms at this time and says his biggest concern is not spreading the virus to his family.
“I feel fine,” Saban said at a Wednesday press meeting. “I was surprised by this and I am not really that concerned about my health, but you never know.”
Alabama’s Athletic Director Greg Byrne also contracted the coronavirus. In addition to Saban, Byrne is reportedly asymptomatic, according to Yahoo Sports.
As arguably the most accomplished college football coach in history, the iconic Saban attracts a great deal of attention. He remains at home and away from his team as he recovers from the virus. He has been viewing the team’s weekly practice via video as they prepare for their biggest task of the season in the Georgia Bulldogs.
Fans React to Saban Diagnosis
College football fans took to social media after the news went public. Some wished Saban well in his recovery, while others made light-hearted humorous comments.
“Saban catching rona during Georgia week so he remains undefeated against his former assistants,” one Tweeter writes. “The man continues to out prepare all of us.”
The tweet refers to Saban’s unblemished record against teams coached by former assistant coaches. Georgia is coached by former Saban pupil Kirby Smart.
Saban’s daughter, Kristen, tweeted out her appreciation for support during his recovery.
“Thank you to everyone who has reached out with kind words, well wishes and encouragement,” she says. “My dad is feeling fine right now and he’s a trooper. I have faith he will overcome this quickly. Thanks again.”
Alabama Offensive Coordinator Steve Sarkisian will assume coaching responsibilities in Saban’s absence. It is not yet known how much time the head coach might miss.
H/T: Yahoo Sports