Former Auburn football coach Pat Dye has passed away, according to Birmingham's ABC-affiliated station, 33/40.
ESPN reported on May 21 that Dye, 80, tested positive for coronavirus and was hospitalized in Atlanta for kidney-related issues.
Dye coached the Tigers from 1981 to 1992 and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2005.
He was a three-time SEC coach of the year and 1983 national coach of the year.
Prior to his time at Auburn, Dye coached at East Carolina and Wyoming.
Statement from Gov. Kay Ivey:
“I am saddened to hear of the passing of Coach Pat Dye -- a great man, coach and member of the Auburn family. Not only was he a phenomenal football coach, but an even better person. For years, I have known Pat personally and have always valued his friendship and colorful commentary. He had great takes on both football and life. Coach Dye truly embodied the Auburn spirit. He will be missed not only by the Auburn family, but the entire state of Alabama. War Eagle, Coach. Your life and legacy lives on.”
Statement from Rep. Robert Aderholt:
“If there was a college football version of Mount Rushmore, Pat Dye could be there among the greats. Not only did he bring Auburn football back into prominence by winning games, SEC Championships, and what probably should have been a 1983 National Championship, he was a wonderful molder of young men. While he will long be remembered for the games he won and the contributions he made to the great Auburn-Alabama rivalry, there are hundreds of people who were touched by him who will carry on his legacy for decades to come.”
BREAKING: Sources close to the family confirm to ABC 33/40 that former Auburn football coach Pat Dye has passed away.
— ABC 33/40 News (@abc3340) June 1, 2020