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Pat Dye, famous Auburn coach, reportedly tests positive for COVID-19

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AUBURN, AL - NOVEMBER 19: A ceremony honors former Auburn Tigers head coach Pat Dye for his induction to the College Football Hall of Fame during the game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Jordan-Hare Stadium on November 19, 2005 in Auburn, Alabama. The field at Jordan-Hare Stadium was also christened Pat Dye Field. Auburn defeated Alabama 28-18. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

According to an official Auburn University newspaper, coach Pat Dye has tested positive for COVID-19.

The publication said the news was first announced in an email sent out by Toccoa First United Methodist Church asking for prayers and was later confirmed by Brandon Marcello of 247Sports.

The publication reported that Dye was diagnosed with the virus last week and hospitalized in Atlanta.

Dye was the head coach at Auburn from 1981-1992 where he would go 99-39-4 over 12 seasons.

Under Dye's leadership Auburn either won or shared the SEC Title four times (1983, 1987, 1988 and 1989) and Dye became the fourth coach in SEC history to win three straight SEC titles.

He also received SEC Coach Of The Year honors in 1983, 1987 and 1988.

Dye coached 1985 Heisman Trophy Winner Bo Jackson, as well as Tracy Rocker, the winner of both the Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award in 1988.

Great wins. Great players. Great moments. Another highlight of Dye's career was bringing the Iron Bowl to Auburn for the first time ever in 1989. Prior to that time the rivalry had been played in Birmingham, a neutral site. Dye felt with Birmingham's close proximity to Tuscaloosa and the fact that at the time Alabama played many of their other marquee games on the schedule at Legion Field, that playing the Iron Bowl in Birmingham gave them an advantage, even though every other year Auburn was designated the "home" team.

The first Iron Bowl game in Auburn was played December 2, 1989. The Tigers won 30-20.

Dye was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2005. On November 19, 2005 the playing field at Jordan-Hare Stadium was named Pat Dye Field in his honor.

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