One of the greatest coaches to ever walk the sideline of an SEC football field has passed away.
Former Auburn head coach Pat Dye was recently diagnosed with COVID-19 while being hospitalized in Atlanta with kidney issues. He died Monday morning in Auburn. He was 80 years old.
Dye coached the Tigers from 1981-1992 where he won four SEC Championships. He’s one of only six head coaches to ever win three consecutive SEC titles. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2005.
The trajectory of Auburn University’s football program drastically shifted when Dye took over in 1981. His first order of business: move the Iron Bowl from Legion Field. In 1989 the game finally moved back to Jordan-Hare Stadium for the first time in 40 years, creating the opportunity for amazing moments like this.
Auburn only averaged five wins a season prior to Dye’s tenure. In his third season he began a seven-year run where the Tigers averaged a seventh-place finish in the AP Poll. During that time he brought Bo Jackson to The Plains, one of the most beloved and revered players in the history of the Southeastern Conference. He also served as Auburn’s athletic director for most of his tenure.
Dye was undefeated against Jerry Claiborne’s Kentucky Wildcats in four meetings.