Former Auburn football coach Pat Dye, who was leading the program during the 1980s, has died as of today. He was 80 years old.
Pat was actually hospitalized last month due to some apparent ongoing kidney concerns, and tested positively for COVID-19 whilst in the hospital despite being asymptomatic for the virus.
“On behalf of our family, I want to thank all of the people from around the country who have offered their support and admiration for Dad these past several days,” Dye Jr. said in a statement. “Dad would be honored and humbled to know about this overwhelming outreach. The world has lost a pretty good football coach and a great man. He was beloved, he touched so many lives and he will be missed by many, especially our family.”
Pat Dye is a legend as far as Auburn football goes, having guided the team for 12 seasons during his tenure with the university and accumulated a total record of 99-39-4 (maybe they used to allow ties in college football?) during his time at the helm.
He put up a winning record for a streak of 9 seasons, won 4 SEC Titles, and was named the conferences coach of the year a total of 3 times.