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Patrick Fain Dye (November 6, 1939 – June 1, 2020) was an American football player, coach, writer and college athletics administrator. He was the head football coach at East Carolina University (1974–1979), the University of Wyoming (1980), and Auburn University (1981–1992). He was the Athletic Director at Auburn from 1981 to 1991.

From 1961 to 1962, he played for the Edmonton Eskimos.

He was added into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 2005. On November 19, 2005 the playing field in the stadium at Auburn University was named 'Pat Dye Field' in his honor.

Dye was born in Blythe, Georgia. He studied at the University of Georgia. Dye wrote two autobiographies and a children's book. He lived in Auburn, Alabama.

On May 21, 2020 Dye was hospitalized in Atlanta for kidney-related problems.[1] He was later diagnosed with COVID-19.[2] He died under hospice care of liver failure and kidney failure in Auburn on June 1, 2020 at the age of 80.[3][4]

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