Alabama head football coach Nick Saban and athletic director Greg Byre tested positive for COVID-19 early Wednesday afternoon.
Both men left campus immediately to isolate at home. In a statement released by the school, Saban said, “I do not have any symptoms relative to COVID, and I have taken another PCR test to confirm my diagnosis. I informed our team of my positive test at 2:00 p.m. today on a Zoom call and let them know offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian will oversee preparations at the complex while I work from home.”
In a separate statement released by the school, Dr. Jimmy Robinson and Jeff Allen said, “At this point in time, the positive tests are limited to those two individuals.”
Alabama is scheduled to host Georgia on Saturday night at 8:00 p.m. Eastern on CBS.
The Westgate SuperBook, along with Circa and DraftKings, moved Alabama to a four-point home favorite vs. UGA. The number had been six at The Westgate and Circa, while DraftKings had been at -6.5.
All three books moved the total from 56.5 or 57 down to 56 points. The Westgate adjusted Georgia’s money-line return from +190 to +160.
This news comes on the heels of Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin revealing earlier today that his team is dealing with an outbreak. Kiffin said that if the Rebels’ game scheduled for Saturday at Arkansas was today, his team could play. However, his remarks seemed to indicate that if more players test positive before Saturday, Ole Miss might not be able to meet the minimum requirement of 53 scholarship players.
Florida couldn’t meet the 53-player standard set forth by the SEC after 18 scholarship players and three walk-ons tested positive this week. Therefore, the Gators’ home game vs. LSU has been postponed and tentatively re-scheduled to be played on Dec. 12.
The same was done for this Saturday’s game between Vanderbilt and Missouri in Columbia. The Commodores were not going to be able to dress out 53 scholarship players.
Even though Kiffin announced that a “number of our players” would be ‘out’ at Arkansas due to COVID-19, the Rebels have remained 2.5-point road favorites at most spots.