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Former Auburn coach Pat Dye passes away

Pat Dye

Former Auburn football head coach Pat Dye has passed away at age 80.

Dye passed away due to kidney failure on June 1, 2020. He also had liver problems, and tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this year, but had no issues related to it. Auburn football’s twitter account posted a small tribute on Monday afternoon.

The former Georgia standout linebacker played for a brief time in the Canadian Football League for the Edmonton Eskimos. After that, he joined the armed forces and played linebacker for the team formed at his station, Fort Benning.

He started his coaching career at Auburn’s rival, Alabama, as a linebackers coach. After spending five years as Eastern Carolina’s head coach and one year as Wyoming’s head coach, he began at Auburn in 1981.

Over 12 seasons at Auburn, Dye had a record of 99-39-4. He coached Heisman Trophy winner and two-sport athlete Bo Jackson. In all but one of his years at Auburn, he also served as the Athletic Director. He resigned due to an NCAA investigation.

Dye won the SEC four times, and was a three-time SEC Coach of the Year.

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