Dye-Gest: Spring Time on the Plains

College Football Hall of Fame coach Pat Dye writes about Auburn in this edition of his Dye-Gest column.

Bo Jackson (above) is recognized at an AU A-Day Game for his Bo Bikes Bama event.

I enjoy being able to spend a lot of time doing a variety of things in and around Auburn now that I am no longer coaching football and have grown a real appreciation of the community that I live in. This past weekend, with the gorgeous spring weather and all of the activities going on around the campus and city, reminded me why Auburn is such a great place to live and a great place to raise a family.

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There was nothing real extravagant going on like a football game last weekend, but it sure seems like there is always something happening in Auburn and the weekend was no exception. Coach Butch Thompson’s Auburn baseball team played a home series vs. Kentucky and it was good that the Tigers won two out of three.

Bo Jackson had his annual Bo Bikes Bama event that attracted a lot of participants from around the state and region. For example, Brett Favre, his wife and a couple of their friends rode in it and stayed out at my farm.

Bo has it set up so you can participate in the event and enjoy it if you are a novice rider or a really serious one. It was great to see such a big turnout for an event that does a lot of good things to help people in need around the state of Alabama.

While I was escorting the bike riders around Nancy went to a play at Drake Middle School put on by seventh graders that she really enjoyed.

Going back to the farm we saw there was a big turnout for the Auburn’s annual Cityfest at Kiesel Park, an event that continues to grow. I heard there were around 100 art exhibits and all kinds of activities for children and their families.

There is no telling how many other events were taking place in Auburn over the weekend, but it was a good weekend to be in town. The weather was spectacular and there were a lot of people outside enjoying it.

I was happy to read that two basketball prospects who were on campus for official visits over the weekend have already committed to the Tigers. I can see why they like Auburn and I hope they will enjoy their time playing for the Tigers and contribute to a lot of victories for Coach Pearl, who is working hard to build the type of program fans will be excited to support.

This is a time of year Auburn’s football coaches have their minds on recruiting, too, as they check out prospects at spring practices and jamborees while the college players they coach concentrate of taking care of their academic business and continue to their personal strength and conditioning workouts.

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