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Pat Dye was the legendary head football coach at Auburn from 1981 until 1992 who led the Tigers to four SEC Championship wins.

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Published in The Independent on Jun. 1, 2020.
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June 30, 2020
My deepest condolences to the family. May you find comfort in your treasured memories of Your loved one and May God continue to comfort you in the days, months and years ahead.
June 19, 2020
We were so glad when Auburn beat Alabama in 1982. We were newlyweds and so happy.
Bosafon Bobo
Friend
June 12, 2020
Our son enrolled at Auburn after high school graduation in 1989. That was our first experience seeing a real college football game. It was awesome! We grew to be huge fans of Auburn and especially Coach Pat Dye. He was an awesome coach and we will miss him. War Eagle to you always Coach Dye.

Auburn Fans,
Ken, Pat and Jeff Hoppe




























































Pat Hoppe
Acquaintance
June 6, 2020
I worked as a graduate assistant for coach Dye his first year as head coach at East Carolina University. He saved my life as a person. I am now 70 years old and I still follow his rules of life. Rest In Peace my friend. I love you.
Terry Kelly
Friend
June 5, 2020
PLAYED FOOTBALL WITH PAT AT FT. BENNING 1962 1963 . I ALWAYS LOOKED UP TO PAT AS A GOOD TEACHER !! HE WAS THE BEST.R.I.P,
BILL DANIELLO
Military
June 5, 2020
My sincere sympathy to the family of Pat Dye--a classmate at Richmond Academy in Augusta, Georgia, and a talented member of our winning football team. May fond memories comfort their hearts. Elizabeth (Betty) Baab Apopka, Florida
Elizabeth (Betty) Baab
Classmate
June 5, 2020
My sincere sympathy to the family of Pat Dye--a classmate at Richmond Academy in Augusta, Georgia, and a talented member of our winning football team. May fond memories comfort their hearts. Elizabeth (Betty) Baab Apopka, Florida
Elizabeth Baab
June 5, 2020
Pat Dye and I were school mates at Richmond Academy in Augusta, Georgia, where we shared classes. Pat was entertaining with his good humor. Of course, he was noted for his athletic talent as part of ARC's winning football team. My sincere sympathy to his family. He will be missed. Elizabeth (Betty) Baab
Elizabeth Baab
Classmate
June 4, 2020
It was A great honor for me to be A Auburn Football Manager on your First team In 81 Thank u for what u did for Auburn u will always be in my heart My God Bless your Soul Forever in Christ Donald Simms
June 4, 2020
Coach Dye was a very special person to his players, family and friends not to mention a first class coach. Great representative for Auburn University and for all the Auburn Family. They sure don't make coaches like Pat anymore, he was truly a Auburn Original. Rest in Peace and WAR EAGLE!
Jennifer Barksdale
Acquaintance
June 4, 2020
My Condolences to the family.
June 4, 2020
He will live in the hearts and soul of every Auburn man and woman he touched. He was my friend. And I am blessed to have known him. To have known him was to love him. You are loved beyond measure. You will be missed my friend and you touched my heart in a way that is indescribable. As a child, I remember being out at your property many times before it became what it is today. You and my father were property partners back then. My eyes have not dried since hearing of your passing. If you met him as a stranger, you would leave with him as your friend. Coach, enjoy your new journey. I know my grandparents, BeBe & Big John and my great uncle, Bobby Morgan are happy to see you again amongst countless others. Thank you for everything you did for Auburn. Thank for simply being our friend! You have your wings now. Fly high on the wings of the Eagles!
Michelle Adcock
Friend
June 4, 2020
Goodbye coach. We love you.
Daniel Berney
Student
June 3, 2020
Never met coach Dye personally, but grew up listening to Auburn Football in back then small town of Opelika. He coached Bo Jackson and other great players in that day. He was a great coach and loved Auburn, but even more he loved people. RIP Coach Dye and may your family be drawn in by the loving arms of Jesus.
Paul Cole
June 3, 2020
May the peace of God calm the hearts of the family and friends of Pat Dye.
June 3, 2020
Even though I never met him, this is like losing an old friend.. Big part of my childhood watching Auburn games. Great leader of men. Great iconic coach in the golden age of college football. Thanks for the memories Coach. Condolences to the Dye family
Daniel L
June 3, 2020
Coach Dye - I was a medical student at ECU (which was a big deal for ECU because the rest of the state did not want ECU to have a medical school) when you were in Greenville, and I loved watching your ECU teams play. Best coach ever at ECU! Years later, my oldest son went to graduate school and was a strength and conditioning coach at Auburn, and I learned what Auburn and the Auburn Creed was all about. You were the epitome of an Auburn man. You will be missed.
RIP Coach!
Stuart Lee
Acquaintance
June 3, 2020
Great person great coach
June 3, 2020
Godspeed Pat, and thank you for the wonderful football memories.

Rest Pat, until you hear at dawn,
the low, clear reveille of God.

Thank you for your service to this nation. U.S. Army
Harry Simpson
June 3, 2020
Lord have mercy, It is hard to believe Coach Dye has passed. I was truly blessed to have been raised in an Auburn family. I grew up in Burlington, N.C.and spent all my summer vacations and Christmas holidays in Opelika and Auburn, Ala. The majority of both sides of my family went to Auburn and were from Lee County. I learned to love Auburn and Auburn University at an early age and still do.
I went to East Carolina University. Coach Dye came to Greenville mid way through my freshman year after Coach Sonny Randle left to coach his alma mater, The University of Virginia. Being from an Auburn family, I knew Coach Dye was coming from Coach Bryant's staff at Alabama and he knew how to win and win he did.
All of Eastern North Carolina and ECU hated to see coach and his family leave in 1979 but it was time for him to move on. After one season in Wyoming, I was glad to see Coach make it to the Southeastern Conference at the helm of my childhood favorite school, Auburn University. I knew he would win there and win he did. Coach Dye said before his first East Carolina team took the field against Bowling Green that hot September night back in 1974, that he had been a winner all his life and he wasn't going to change now and he never did.
You always made things better, thanks Coach Dye for all you did. On the coastal plains of eastern North Carolina and on the rolling plains of Dixie your spirit will always live. GO Pirates and War Damn Eagle!!
Greg Ingalls
June 3, 2020
War Eagle Forever Coach!! AGS 70
Alex Sexton 70
Family
June 3, 2020
May his memory be eternal.
Tony Melachrino
June 3, 2020
Often overlooked at the time, but when a man like Coach Pat Dye enters your life he changes you forever. I had the privilege of playing for Coach Dye at ECU from 76-79. He came from humble beginnings but his constitution of personal responsibility, hard work and no excuses have influenced my life these past 40+ years. He made me and everyone on the team believe our collective abilities could achieve far more than individual efforts and made us winners. His moto of Show Class, Wear the best closes you have and be proud. He often followed that statement with your mom and dad worked hard to give them to you. His greatest attribute, in my opinion was his unshakable confidence. He believed in himself and taught his players and coaches to do the same. We all know successful people. Coach Dye was special and enduring to us all because he made everyone around him feel special and wanted success for us all. Coach Dye is gone but his spirit lives on in his family, players, coaches and friends. Thanks Coach for the positive influence you provided for thousands of young men. A life well lived!
Gene Winters
Student
June 3, 2020
Thank you Coach Dye. You made the Auburn Family wake up and have pride in our beloved school. Not just for rebuilding a broken athletic department but instilling education and teaching young men to be men. You are the Auburn Creed and you proved it by living it. We of the Auburn Family are better for having you.in it. God bless you, your family, and our Auburn Family.
Tim Ferguson
Friend
June 3, 2020
Dear family, our deepest sympathy. You are in our thoughts and prayers. He was a great coach and a great person. He will be missed. Love, the Wiley Younce family
Mary Younce
June 3, 2020
God is a God of all Comfort and he will Comfort the family's..My heartfelt condolences to the family's..
June 3, 2020
I had the honor of spending 2 hours with Coach on the farm, he picked out 2 maples for my house then cut 2 small branches from his personal trees (all 4 growing and doing great), I will never forget that day! You build up your hero in your mind, he exceeded any and all expectations, a beautiful soul! Thanks for the memories and all the Auburn victories! Dye hard fan forever!
Julie Cannady
Acquaintance
June 3, 2020
Coach Dye,
Thank you for giving me an opportunity to be a part of your life. The years we spent together are a highlight of my life and will always be a treasured memory. GO PIRATES!
Sincerely,
ECU Coach Dick Kupec
Dick Kupec
June 3, 2020
You were the only reason why I chose Auburn University. I knew I would get the education I wanted in the field of Aviation, however, I also knew my four years would be spent watching without any doubt the most exciting four year stretch of Auburn football ever! I met you once, I was the man with an accent from across the pond, and you were the gentleman with the distinct southern drawl. I will always cherish our conversation. RIP Coach... War Eagle from London England
Jay
Student
June 3, 2020
RIP Coach Dye.
Ray Dismukes
Friend
June 3, 2020
My condolences go out to the family of Coach Dye. He will be missed by sports fans and family. So sorry for your loss.
LeeRoy
June 3, 2020
wood gaston
Friend
June 2, 2020
So sorry to the family for their loss. Please accept my condolences. May you have peace and be granted calmness of heart. You have my deepest sympathy.
June 2, 2020
We will miss you Coach Dye. As a student at Auburn from 1981-1985, you made us all believe we were one big family (your family). Your laugh and the gleam in your eyes indicated to all of us your love of life and the Auburn community. You raised a beautiful family and yet made room for those of us who called Auburn home no matter where we were from. Perhaps on our better days going forward, we can remind others of you and maybe they will share that little piece of joy that you brought to so many during your life. Djs
David Sharp
Student
June 2, 2020
I was at ECU from 74 through 78...We wore our "Pat Hats" and loved Coach Dye. Best memories were when Coach took his "skinny legged boys" from ECU and whipped both UNC and UVA in the same year!

Rest in peace Coach.
Paul Alar
Student
June 2, 2020
I continue to be blessed to have experienced your guidance and see the definition of a true Auburn man! Thank you Coach for caring for us who had a chance to learn from you and making sure we were all part of the Family during and after our time together!
JP Church
Student
June 2, 2020
The Ogletrees in Barnesville, Georgia love you. You were a blessing to our brother and son, Craig. Your fatherly presence in his life strengthened him for the life he now lives. We pray you are welcome to your heavenly home with cheers of well done good and faithful servant.

Mary Ogletree
Friend
June 2, 2020
I am so sad to hear that Coach Dye has passed. He was our coach during my ECU days and watching his wishbone was a thing of beauty. Loved hearing him talk about his skinny legged eastern North Carolina boys.
Phil Holshouser
June 2, 2020
Coach, for me you are the greatest football coach that ever was. You took us as group of young men who loved a game and taught us how to work hard, love and respect each other, and because of that, when you told us we could do something, we believed you and you made us into winners. Coach, I'll never forget you. I just want to thank you for it all. I look forward to seeing you in heaven and when I do the first thing you'll hear me say is ...Coach. Rodney Allen ECU 1977, 78, 79
Rodney Allen
June 2, 2020
pamela meadows
June 2, 2020
So sorry for your lose .... Pat Dye doesnt come along very often... he was bigger than life at ECU when I was a student there....he did more with less than anyone .... I loved the guy....I went to the Raleigh Sports Club every year in Raleigh when he was the guest ... he had the aura about him....he is a true Hero in all respects....God Bless...
Jimmy Wilcox
June 2, 2020
Pat Dye helped put ECU football on the map back in the 1970's. His contributions to the game of football both at Auburn and at ECU cannot be overstated. You will be sorely missed Coach Dye. Rest in peace.
Mark Lindsay
June 2, 2020
Coach Pat Dye thank you for all the amazing memories and your hospitality will never be forgotten. In 1986 my brother was recruited and we met and your personality was so genuine. I like your phrase when you told the players on the 1989 team about how you watched them wrestle with them Angles and grew to be men. Coach Dye we watched You and Now Go wrestle with them Angles. RIP . War Eagle !!
Bernard Ogletree
Acquaintance
June 2, 2020
Fond memories abound of our time together as football coach and sports information director at East Carolina your last two years. Special times included working together late into the nights to secure the bid to the Independence Bowl. Pat was always willing to go the extra mile and appreciative of our work together. Visiting Pat during his Auburn years was a special blessing, too.
WALT ATKINS
Friend
June 2, 2020
Thanks coach for making me a auburn man
Billy Brakefield
Acquaintance
June 2, 2020
Prayers for all his family. He was a wonderful man and means so much to the Auburn Family.
Donna Scroggins
Acquaintance
June 2, 2020
Thanks for being a friend while in Greenville.Oh how I enjoyed our talks when you visited my brothers restaurant for you weekly helping of clam chowder on Mondays.I was in school getting a teaching degree and I loved to talk football with you.Your interest and love for people was evident and very instrumental in me wanting to Coach which I retired from 12 yrs ago.RIP Coach and Friend....
Randy Phillips
Friend
June 2, 2020
Coach, you will forever be a Pirate, You were the Head Coach while I was a student and I will never forget the attitude of you and your players.
Greg Edge
Friend
June 2, 2020
I was saddened to hear that Coach Dye had passed away. He was perhaps the best coach we've ever had at East Carolina University. He loved his "skinny-legged" boys on the team! My prayers are with the Dye family.
Mike Phillips
June 2, 2020
R I P Coach Dye. He will be missed by all who knew him and by those that enjoyed football
Russell
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