Alabama football released a public service announcement Tuesday afternoon from coach Nick Saban about coronavirus safety measures.
It was Saban’s first public comments since the escalation of the pandemic in the United States earlier this month, which led to the cancellation of Alabama’s spring game and spring football practices through April 15.
He spoke for about 90 seconds in a video posted to Twitter:
"First of all, I hope this message finds you and your family safe and well. On behalf of our program, we want to give thanks to all of our medical professionals and caregivers in our state and across the country in these challenging times.
"Our daily routines have changed dramatically over these past weeks. Our staff is back to work, but we are working from home and obeying all social-distancing guidelines. For Alabama football, the safety of our players and staff is what’s most important.
"We are not having organized team activities of any kind, but we are continuing to communicate and support our players, while doing everything in our power to support their health, safety and wellness.
"As we have said to our team, we share the same message to all of you: please understand the following guidelines of social-distancing. It’s important."We ask that everyone please wash their hands often. Stay at home if at all possible. And when you have to be out in public, make sure you keep six feet between you and the nearest person.
"We are in this together. And as one team, we will get through these difficult times. And together we look forward to all that’s to come, like the opportunity to play college football this fall.
“But the best and safest way to ensure that happens is to listen to the experts, follow their guidelines and take care of each other. Stay safe and ‘Roll Tide.'”