On this day in Alabama history: AU legend Pat Dye was born

On this day in Alabama history: AU legend Pat Dye was born
The War Eagle of the Auburn Tigers flies down to Pat Dye Field before the game against the LSU Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on October 23, 2010 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

November 6, 1939

Patrick Fain Dye, who coached Auburn University’s football team from 1981 until 1992, was born on Nov. 6, 1939 in rural Blythe, Georgia. Dye played football at the University of Georgia and earned All-SEC and All-American honors. After completing his military service to fulfil an ROTC obligation, Dye went to work for coach Paul “Bear” Bryant at the University of Alabama as a defensive coach. Alabama won two national championships and five SEC championships during Dye’s tenure, leading him to his first job as a head coach at East Carolina University. After a 48-18-1 record, he spent one year at the University of Wyoming and took a team that had a losing record the previous season to a 6-5 record. Next stop, Auburn, where his teams went 99-39-4 and became consistently competitive with the Crimson Tide. Dye led the effort to play the Iron Bowl in Auburn every other year after the contract to play the game annually at Legion Field ended in 1988.

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