U.S. House of Representatives honor Pat Dye following legendary coach's passing
Pat Dye may be gone but he’ll never be forgotten.
During his time on The Plains, Dye led Auburn to a 99-39-4 overall record, including a 6-2-1 bowl record. Coach Dye also led Auburn to four SEC titles, turned the tide of the Iron Bowl rivalry back in the Tigers’ favor, and was instrumental in moving the annual series to each campus and away from Birmingham.
The legendary Auburn coach passed away last month at age 80, and since that time, there have been many tributes to the man that led the Tiger football program from 1981 until 1992
The latest such tribute came from Representative Rick Allen of Georgia who offered up these comments on Dye during a recent gathering of the U.S. House of Representatives:
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“Pat Dye was a player, coach, administrator, and most importantly a dear friend. Coach Dye’s ties to the 12th district of Georgia run deep as he was born and raised in Blythe, Georgia. He started his football career at Richmond Academy as captain of the team and won a state championship there. He went on to play at the University of Georgia, where he was a two-time All-American.
“Coach Dye was most known for his work transforming the Auburn University football team, where he served as Auburn’s head coach from 1981 to 1992, and as athletic director from 1981 to 1991.
“As the only Auburn alumni currently serving in Congress, what a privilege it is for me to stand here on the House floor and enter into the congressional record Coach Dye’s amazing record, which includes four SEC championship wins, including three straight from 1987 to 1989. He led Auburn to three Sugar Bowls and finished in the Top 5 five times including four straight seasons from 1986 to 1989.”
You can view a video of Allen’s tribute to Dye below: