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Pat Dye, the legendary Auburn football coach behind four SEC titles, has reportedly tested positive for coronavirus and is in hospital with kidney problems.
The first United Methodist Church in Toccoa sent an email to members asking for prayers for Dye, the Montgomery announcer reported on Wednesday.
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“Please join us in praying and raising Jayne Snell’s brother Pat Dye. Pat was recently tested positive for COVID-19 and has since been hospitalized with ongoing kidney problems, “the email said. “Jayne says he is very weak, and he has a loss of appetite and some confusion. “
Dye, 80, is considered one of the most successful coaches in Auburn history.
He coached the Tigers from 1981 to 1992, leading them to nine bowl games in those 12 seasons. He finished the season 10th in the Associated Press poll five times, including 3rd in 1983, when the Tigers finished 11-1.
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He ended his career at Auburn with a record of 99-39-4. He was forced to step down as coach and sport director after the NCAA determined he was responsible for the rule violations.
Dye coached East Carolina and Wyoming before joining Auburn.
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Dye was inducted into the University Football Hall of Fame in 2005. He also had the Jordan-Hare Stadium field named in his honor.