Nick Saban, Alabama AD Greg Byrne test positive for COVID-19
By admin - 2020-11-20 09:08:40

The coronavirus is still showing its dominance with Alabama coach Nick Saban and athletic director Greg Byrne both catching it a few days before Crimson Tide was to face Georgia for the Southeastern Conference. Here are the highlights:

  • When both their tests came back positive, Saban said he isolated immediately to put himself in quarantine.
  • He had to monitor practice from home even though he didn’t exhibit any symptoms. There was a big chance he’d have to miss the Georgia game.
  • Saban contacted the team through a Zoom call an hour after he found his test results. Steve Sarkisian was to oversee game preparations while Saban would do things virtually.
  • He wasn’t sure how things would go on game day to communicate to his staff, but he trusts his staff. Also, he’d still lead practices and give input on mistakes in different plays.
  • The good thing is he’s not at the opposite end of the world. He said, “I’m just right down the street. And we have this technology, so it’s really unique.”
  • Luckily, Saban was found to have a false positive after getting three consecutive negative COVID-19 tests.
  • He found out his status hours before the game kicked off at 12:30pm and was able to join team meetings in less than 30 minutes.
  • Saban noted this his team was ready to play whether he was there or not.
  • They ended up taking a win over Georgia 41-24.