Alabama Crimson Tide Offensive Coordinator Bill O’Brien and offensive line coach Doug Marrone have tested positive for COVID-19. Both are reportedly experiencing “mild” symptoms and isolating in their homes. Despite their current medical setbacks, the university expects both coaches to return to the team before the College Football Playoff.
“They have very mild symptoms and are home isolating while following all appropriate guidelines,” a joint statement from Nick Saban and Jeff Allen reads.
Saban has also informed members the media that his team has instituted COVID-19 health and safety protocols from 2020. Players and coaches are expected to wear masks in the facility and social distance during gatherings.
In addition, Saban says that 90% of his players are vaccinated. However, he did not disclose the vaccination status of his coaching staff.
“Am I concerned?” Saban said when asked about a recent uptick in COVID-19 cases.
“I’m always concerned when there’s an issue out there, and we want to do the best we can to help our players be concerned about the issue and respect it so they have the best opportunity to stay safe.”
The Crimson Tide are currently scheduled to play the only undefeated team in the country, Cincinnati, on December 31. Alabama is currently a 13.5-point favorite.