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last month. Dye’s death was first reported by .

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Dye led the Tigers to a 99-39-4 record from 1981 to 1992, winning at least a share of SEC championships in 1983, 1987, 1988 and 1989. His Auburn teams won at least 10 games in a season four times and won six bowl games.

Dye was inducted into the College679彩票官网 Football Hall of Fame in 2005. He also was the university’s athletic director from 1981 to 1991.

Former Auburn Athletic Director David Housel said in a statement that Auburn “will be forever better because of (Dye).”

“People will talk about all the games he won, the championships and bowl games, but his greatest contribution, his legacy, is the difference he made in the lives of the people who played for him and worked with him,” Housel said in a statement. "I am one of them. He made a difference in my life.

“He came to Auburn at a time when Auburn needed leadership and focus. He provided that leadership and focus.”

reported. In 1982, Jackson’s goal-line leap allowed Auburn to defeat Alabama and snap a nine-game losing streak to the Tigers’ in-state rivals.

Dye was instrumental in moving the Iron Bowl from Legion Field to Jordan-Hare Stadium in 1989 after the game had been played annually in Birmingham since 1948, reported.

in 2019. “I said, ‘We’re going to take it to Auburn.’

“He said, ‘Well, we’ve got a contract through (19)88. … I said, ‘Well, we’ll play ’89 in Auburn.’”

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