Trustees Vote to Honor Former AU Coach and AD

Athletic director Jay Jacobs comments on the decision to name the field at Jordan-Hare Stadium in honor of Coach Pat Dye.

Auburn, Ala.--Former Auburn University football coach Pat Dye will be honored at this year's Alabama at Auburn football game as the field at Jordan-Hare Stadium will be officially named "Pat Dye Field."

Auburn University's Board of Trustees unanimously voted to make the change at its Friday meeting.

"We have been looking for the appropriate way to honor Coach Dye for all of his contributions to Auburn University as football coach and athletic director," says AU's current athletic director, Jay Jacobs.

Jacobs says he believes the timing of having the ceremony at Auburn's final home game of this season is appropriate because Dye was the driving force for moving the Auburn-Alabama game from an event played annually in Legion Field to a game now played on the campuses in Auburn and in Tuscaloosa. Dye coached in the first game in Auburn, won 30-20 by the Tigers in 1989.

Pat Dye

Jacobs also notes that Dye will be inducted into the National Football Foundation's College Football Hall of Fame in December and the ceremony at Jordan-Hare Stadium will also recognize that honor.

The athletic director says he made the Pat Dye Field recommendation to AU interim president Dr. Ed Richardson, who decided it was a good idea and asked the board of trustees to make that happen.

Commenting on the honor, Dye said, "I am extremely surprised and humbled by the passing of this resolution by the Auburn Board of Trustees. I really never thought anything like this would happen. If I could have picked anything to have my name on, it would be the field. That will be here forever. It is kind of overwhelming to tell you the truth."

Auburn won four SEC titles with Dye as coach claiming crowns in 1983 and 1987-89. His team had four 10-victory seasons, was 6-3 in bowl games and he was the 1983 national coach of the year and a three-time SEC Coach of the Year.

Also at Friday's board of trustees meeting the national champion and SEC champion men's swimming team was honored along with the SEC champion women's swimming team, which finished second nationally. The board also honored the women's golf team for its SEC Championship season and No. 3 finish nationally.

Additionally, the board approved an architect to begin drawing plans for an outdoor swimming pool.


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