Legendary Auburn coach Pat Dye passes away at 80

02 Juin, 2020, 02:05 | Auteur: Therese Cote
  • Pat Dye passed away on Monday due to kidney and liver failure

Legendary Auburn football coach Pat Dye, one of the winningest coaches in school history, died on Monday.

"It's sad to learn of Coach Dye's passing", former UGA head coach and AD Vince Dooley said.

Dye tested positive for COVID-19 in May but reports at the time said Dye was asymptomatic and had been hospitalized for kidney issues unrelated to the virus.

But it was his work at Auburn that secured Dye a spot in The National Football Foundation's (NFF) College Football Hall of Fame in 2006.

A native of Blythe, Georgia, Patrick Fain Dye was born on November 6, 1939, in Augusta, Georgia.

Dye led Auburn to a 99-39-4 overall record and four SEC championships over 12 seasons as head coach from 1981-92. Dye had been an assistant under Bryant at Tuscaloosa.

Pat Dye was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2005

He famously helped move the Iron Bowl from Legion Field to Jordan-Hare Stadium in 1989 after the game had been played annually in Birmingham since 1948.

Auburn won SEC titles in 1983, 1987, 1988, and 1989.

Dye played for Wally Butts at Georgia from 1957-60, playing both on the offensive line and at linebacker.

After a three-year stint in the Canadian Football League and a two-year service in the Army, Dye went into coaching. It was immediately a priority for Dye after he was named head coach in 1981.

He was named SEC Coach of the Year three times (1983, 1987 and 1988) with the first coming during Auburn's 11-1 season that included a share of the national championship after defeating MI in the Sugar Bowl.

"When I saw Coach Bryant when I first got to Auburn, the first thing he said to me, very first thing, he said, 'Well, I guess you're going to want to take that game to Auburn, '" Dye told AL.com's Creg Stephenson past year. Auburn has also named its field after Dye that year. He concluded his ECU career in 1979 with a record of 48-18-1, which ranks as the fourth most wins by any coach in school history with the highest winning percentage of any coach to man the sidelines in at least 20 games.

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