Pat Dye

Pat Dye was the head coach of the Auburn Tigers from 1981-1992, winning four SEC championships during that time. He also served as Auburn’s athletic director from 1981-1991, and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2005.

Pat Dye was a college head coach for 19 seasons, and is best known for his 12 seasons as coach of the Auburn Tigers from 1981-1992. He led Auburn to four SEC titles including three in a row from 1987-89 (the other came in 1983), and reeled off nine straight winning seasons from 1982-1990. Dye’s teams finished ranked in the top-20 in the final Associated Press poll eight times during his tenure at Auburn including five top-10 finishes. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2005 and was a three-time SEC Coach of the Year in 1983, 1987 and 1988. Dye also served as Auburn’s athletic director from 1981-1991.

Toward the end of Dye’s tenure at Auburn his program faced allegations regarding a player receiving illegal benefits from boosters and assistant coaches, warranting an NCAA investigation. The investigation did not find Dye personally responsible ┬ábut it did determine that as head coach and athletic director he should have known about and ended the illegal benefits. As a result, he stepped down as athletic director in 1991 and after coaching the Tigers to a 5-5-1 record in 1992 stepped down as head coach. His final record as coach at Auburn was 99-39-4.

Coaching History Team Years
Head Coach Auburn Tigers 1981-1992
Head Coach Wyoming Cowboyss 1980
Head Coach East Carolina Pirates 1974-1979
Assistant Coach Alabama Crimson Tide 1965-1973

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