Gus Malzahn says Saturday's Iron Bowl will be 'really weird' without Nick Saban

AP photo by L.G. Patterson / Alabama football coach Nick Saban talks with Daniel Wright as he walks off the field during the second half of the Crimson Tide's game Sept. 26 game at Missouri.
photo Crimson Tide photos / Alabama football coach Nick Saban, shown during last weekend's 63-3 pounding of Kentucky inside Bryant-Denny Stadium, will not attend Saturday's Iron Bowl after testing positive for COVID-19.

The first socially distanced Iron Bowl will include Nick Saban's absence from Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Saban was informed Wednesday morning that he had received a positive PCR test for the coronavirus and immediately went into isolation at his home. The 69-year-old Alabama football coach had a positive COVID-19 test three days before last month's showdown with Georgia but then had three ensuing negative tests, which enabled him to coach from the sideline as the Crimson Tide pulled away for a 41-24 victory.

University of Alabama medical officials revealed Saban is experiencing mild symptoms this time and that this result will not be categorized as a false positive like before.