According to a statement released by the University of Alabama, Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban has tested positive for COVID-19 and is displaying mild symptoms. He will isolate as a result.
The news comes weeks after Saban tested positive for the virus in what was ultimately ruled out as a false positive after three subsequent negative tests. This time, though, he is symptomatic — the team's statement announced that it will "not be categorized as a potential false positive" — and will need to stay in isolation for at least 10 days and will not be able to return until he has been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of any medication.
At 69 years old, he can be considered a part of a population that is five times more at-risk for hospitalization than a control group, though we've seen examples of both younger figures developing severe cases and older figures having only mild experiences.
After his experience dealing with a false positive earlier this year, Saban said that he considered himself fortunate to be negative.
"Well, once they tell you you're positive, there's nothing you can do about it," Saban said (via ESPN). "I was fortunate it was a false positive. So I would encourage everybody out there to do everything they can to practice social distancing and wear a mask and manage their personal space so they don't have to ever hear the fact that you have this."
According to ESPN, head-coaching responsibilities will probably go to Steve Sarkisian, the program's offensive coordinator and former head coach with other schools. For now, given the 10-day isolation schedule, this will only include No. 1 Alabama's contest against No. 22 Auburn on Saturday, November 28.