Former Auburn football coach Pat Dye dies at 80

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FILE - In this Dec. 27, 1988, file photo, Auburn NCAA college football coach Pat Dye walks through his players as they begin workouts in preparation for the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans. Former Auburn coach Pat Dye, who took over a downtrodden football program in 1981 and turned it into a Southeastern Conference power, has died. He was 80. Lee County Coroner Bill Harris said Dye passed away Monday, June 1, 2020, at the Compassus Bethany House in Auburn, Ala.(AP Photo/Bill Haber, FIle)

By JOHN ZENOR

AP Sports Writer

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Former Auburn football coach Pat Dye has died at the age of 80.

Dye took over a downtrodden program in 1981 and turned it into a Southeastern Conference power.



The Lee County coroner says Dye died Monday at a hospice care facility in Auburn from complications of kidney and liver failure.

His son, Pat Dye Jr., had told ESPN.com recently that the former coach had been hospitalized in Atlanta for kidney-related issues. He also said his father had tested positive for the coronavirus but had been asymptomatic.

In 12 years at Auburn, Dye posted a 99-39-4 record. He also coached at Wyoming and East Carolina.

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