Coach Pat Dye
In Coach Dye’s introductory press conference at Auburn University in 1981, a reporter said, “Auburn hasn’t beaten Alabama in 8 years, how long will it take you?” Coach Dye replied, “Sixty Minutes.” He was not implying that Auburn would beat Alabama in his first game against them. Rather, he was saying it will take a full Sixty Minutes of great effort and execution to beat an Alabama or several other SEC programs. He preached playing a full Sixty Minutes to his teams before EVERY game he coached at Auburn. Nothing would make Coach Dye prouder than the 2020 Auburn team playing a full Sixty Minutes EVERY game this year.
In 2020, Coach Dye established The Crooked Oaks Legacy Foundation, a charitable foundation named after his beloved farm. The foundation’s mission is to fund academic scholarships for students at Auburn University. All net sales proceeds from this site will be directed to such scholarships.
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Coach Dye Bio
Coach Dye was a two-time All American offensive guard at the University of Georgia. After serving as an assistant coach at the University of Alabama for 9 seasons, he served as a head coach at East Carolina University, The University of Wyoming and Auburn University, amassing a record of 153-62-5. While at Auburn, his teams won 4 SEC Championships, despite Auburn having won only one SEC Championship in its nearly 100 year prior football history.
Coach Dye coached winners of the Heisman Trophy, the Outland Trophy and the Lombardi Award. He coached more than 20 first team All-American and two players chosen as the #1 pick in the NFL draft. He was named SEC Coach of the year 4 times and also National Coach of the Year in 1983. Coach Dye was inducted into the National College Football Hall of Fame in 2005, the same year that Auburn name its playing field Pat Dye Field.