On this day in Alabama history: Auburn named playing field after Pat Dye

On this day in Alabama history: Auburn named playing field after Pat Dye
Pat Dye (1939- ) is a hall-of-fame college football coach who led Auburn University's program from 1981-92, amassing a record of 99 wins, 39 losses, and 4 ties with the Tigers. His legacy includes moving Auburn's home field during the Iron Bowl from Birmingham to Auburn in the early 1980s. Dye's Auburn teams won four Southeastern Conference championships. (From Encyclopedia of Alabama, courtesy of The Birmingham News)

November 19, 2005

Auburn University named the playing field at Jordan-Hare Stadium after Pat Dye, who served as football coach from 1981 to 1992. While at Auburn, Dye teams accumulated a record of 99-39-4 and went to nine straight bowl games, including three Sugar Bowls, and won four SEC championships. In 1989, Dye brought the Iron Bowl to Auburn for the first time and beat an undefeated and second-ranked Alabama team 30-20.

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