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Nick Saban tests positive for Covid-19 again, now has symptoms

The head coach of the #1 team in America is in quarantine presently, and won’t be on the sidelines for the Iron Bowl.

Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide discusses a play with an official during the game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 31, 2020 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Photo by UA Athletics/Collegiate Images/Getty Images

Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban had tested positive for Covid-19 previously, but that turned out to be a false positive. But it appears this one isn’t.

During Georgia Week in October Saban tested positive, but he was back on the field by kickoff after passing a series of tests that showed his previous test appeared to be incorrect. But that doesn’t appear to be the case here.

Last time offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian was named the interim head coach, but ended up not needing to do the job. He’ll likely be the head man on Saturday in the Iron Bowl against Auburn.

Saban has been the main character in the Iron Bowl drama since arriving in Tuscaloosa in 2007. He is 255-65-1 overall, and 164-23 at Alabama, and 8-5 against Auburn. His team was named #1 in the first College Football Playoff rankings yesterday.

Alabama is a 24.5 point favorite over Auburn this Saturday, although the line moved about 2.5 points towards Georgia when he was declared out last time. We’ll see if there’s any movement away from the Crimson Tide based on this news.