Legendary Auburn coach Pat Dye tests positive for COVID-19, is hospitalized

Legendary Auburn coach Pat Dye tests positive for COVID-19, is hospitalized

AUBURN, Ala. — Legendary Auburn football coach Pat Dye recently tested positive for COVID-19 and has since been hospitalized due to ongoing kidney problems, according to an email sent to members of the Toccoa United Methodist Church in Toccoa, Georgia.

"Please join us in praying for and lifting up Jayne Snell's brother, Pat Dye," the email read. "Jayne says he is very weak, and is experiencing loss of appetite and confusion."

Dye, 80, is considered to be one of the greatest coaches in Auburn football history, if not the greatest. The Blythe, Georgia, native came to Auburn in 1981 after playing for the Bulldogs in college and starting his coaching career on Bear Bryant's Alabama staff. He served as the Tigers' head coach through 1992.

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During that time, he led Auburn to a 99-39-4 overall record in 12 seasons, including nine straight with winning records. The team won four SEC championships, and Dye was named SEC Coach of the Year three times.

Dye was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2005. The field at Jordan-Hare Stadium was named in his honor that same year.

More recently, Dye has spent his time being involved with his businesses, Crooked Oaks Hunting Preserve and Quail Hollow Gardens Japanese Maple Farm & Nursery, near his farm in Notasulga. He has hosted "The Coach Pat Dye Show" in Auburn since 2013.

"Pat is loved by many people far and wide and there is no better reminder of this than constant prayer for him and his family," the email from Toccoa United Methodist Church concluded.

Josh Vitale is the Auburn beat writer for the Montgomery Advertiser. You can follow him on Twitter at @JoshVitale. To reach him by email, click here.

Source: https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaaf/2020/05/21/pat-dye-legendary-auburn-coach-coronavirus/5234709002/

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