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NCAAF: Alabama assistants Bill O’Brien, Doug Marrone test positive

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Alabama offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien and offensive line coach Doug Marrone have tested positive for COVID-19, the team announced Wednesday.

Both coaches are experiencing mild symptoms and are isolating at home.

“We anticipate both being able to coach in the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl,” Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban said in a statement.

No. 1 Alabama (12-1) faces No. 4 Cincinnati (13-0) on Dec. 31 in Arlington, Texas.

O’Brien, 52, is in his first season on Saban’s staff. He was the head coach of the Houston Texans from 2014-20.

Marrone, 57, is also in his first season in Tuscaloosa. He was head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2017-20.

Alabama announced Tuesday that it was increasing its COVID-19 protocols ahead of the College Football Playoff, including a return to wearing masks in their facility and maintaining social distancing during meetings. Earlier this week, Saban said more than 90 percent of the players had received a booster shot.

–Field Level Media

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