Two Alabama assistant coaches – offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien and offensive line coach Doug Marrone – have tested positive for COVID-19 Team announced On Wednesday.
According to a statement from the program, both O’Brien and Marrone have mild symptoms and isolate themselves at home while following appropriate CDC guidelines.
“We expect both of them to train in the college football playoff semifinals at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl,” Alabama head coach Nick Saban said in a statement.
The latest news of positive tests from O’Brien and Marrone came a day after the Crimson Tide upgraded its pre-CFP health and safety protocols, according to ESPN Alex Scarborough.
Alabama players and team staff have reportedly returned to wearing masks in team facilities and reintroduced social distancing during meetings. Saban stated on Monday that more than 90% of the team’s players received their booster shot.
“They are really committed to doing everything they can to stay safe,” said Saban of his team. “There are no guarantees, so we want to use every possible protocol to help you stay safe.”
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The programs run according to CDC guidelines, which means an automatic 10-day quarantine. As for Alabama, there are nine days left before the Crimson Tide will play the field in the CFP semi-final game at the Cotton Bowl against Cincinnati in Dallas on December 31st.
Saban is aiming for his eighth national championship title in ’22 and his second in a row with the Crimson Tide.
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