Alabama head coach Nick Saban initially tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 14 and was quarantined ahead of his game against Georgia on Oct. 21. In the week that followed, he was able to pass the NCAA’s COVID guidelines by testing negative three times before the game. On the morning of the 21st, Saban underwent his third COVID test of the week and after testing negative for the third time, he was allowed to join his team on the sideline.
Saban said that being away from the team was tough because he thought he was not doing all he could to help the players prepare. Saban was not the first head football coach to contract COVID as Les Miles, the head coach of Kansas, tested positive the week of Oct 10. Going forward, Saban having a COVID scare can show people that everyone is at risk of this virus. The Crimson Tide would roll on to beat the Georgia Bulldogs 41-24.