June 1 (UPI) — Former Auburn football coach and athletic director Pat Dye has died at the age of 80, the varsity introduced Monday.

Lee County (Ala.) coroner Invoice Harris mentioned the legendary coach died at an area hospice care facility from problems of kidney and liver failure.

Dye’s son, Pat Dye Jr., informed ESPN final month that his father just lately examined constructive for the coronavirus however was asymptomatic.

“On behalf of our household, I need to thank all the folks from across the nation who’ve supplied their help and admiration for Dad these previous a number of days,” Dye Jr. mentioned in an announcement Monday. “Dad can be honored and humbled to find out about this overwhelming outreach. The world has misplaced a fairly good football coach and an ideal man.

“He was beloved, he touched so many lives and he will likely be missed by many, particularly our household.”

Dye led the Auburn football program to a 99-39-Four document throughout 12 seasons from 1981-92, successful at least a share of SEC championships in 1983 and 1987-89. His groups gained at least 10 video games in a season on 4 events and 6 bowl video games.

Dye, a three-time SEC Coach of the Yr and 1983 Nationwide Coach of the Yr, was inducted into the Faculty Football Corridor of Fame in 2005.

Nick Saban, head coach of the rival Alabama Crimson Tide, paid his respects to Dye, calling him an “excellent instructor and coach.”

“I’ve recognized and revered Pat Dye for a few years, and he at all times represented faculty football with great class and integrity,” Saban mentioned in an announcement. “He was an impressive instructor and coach who affected our sport in lots of important methods.

“We’re saddened to listen to of his passing and our ideas and prayers are along with his household, buddies, co-workers and all the gamers he had such a constructive impression on all through his distinguished profession.”

Auburn beat the Crimson Tide 23-22 in Dye’s second season in 1982. Beneath Dye, the Tigers posted a 6-6 document in opposition to Alabama, successful 4 straight matchups from 1986-89.

Dye was Auburn’s athletic director from 1981-91. He additionally coached at East Carolina from 1974-79 and Wyoming in 1980, compiling a 153-62-5 general document in 19 seasons in his teaching profession.

A local of Blythe, Ga., Dye was born Nov. 6, 1939, in Augusta, Ga. He performed highschool football at Richmond Academy in Augusta and was an all-state and All-American offensive lineman earlier than turning into a two-time All-American as a two-way starter at Georgia.

Dye is survived by his 4 youngsters, Missy, Brett, Wanda and Pat Jr., 9 grandchildren and his associate of 18 years, Nancy McDonald.