It is truly a sad day for the College Football community and sports world in general as legendary Auburn football coach Pat Dye has passed away at age 80. The news had been confirmed by his family. Pat Dye passed away on Monday, June 1, 2020.
Dye was in the hospital for several weeks prior to his death from complications with his kidney function. The Hall-of-Fame coach also tested positive for Covid-19 while he was in the hospital.
Pat Dye coached the Auburn Tigers football team from 1981 through 1992.
While at Auburn he led the Tigers to four SEC Conference Championships in 1983,1987, 1988, and 1989. Dye established himself as one of the all-time greatest coaches in Auburn’s history. However, he wasn’t just great at Auburn he also found success wherever his coaching talents took him. His proven leadership helped turn-around the programs at Eastern Carolina, the University of Wyoming, and of course, Auburn.
Auburn fans have always admired and respected Dye. He was the one that rebuilt the Auburn Football Program from nothing to SEC superiority. Dye didn’t just make an impact on the field he wanted to take care of all of Auburn’s athletes. He upgraded the facilities for the school and its athletic relevance.
His overall record at Auburn was 99-39-4. That puts him tied with coach Mike Donahue for the second-most wins by an Auburn Football Coach. Dye received SEC Coach of the year three times. (1983, 1987 and 1989).
His biggest accomplishment came in 2005 when inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
We at AEE send our heartfelt condolences and prayers to the Dye family. The former coach and player touched so many lives.
RIP Coach Pat Dye, 11/6/1939-6/1/2020.