Legendary Auburn football coach Pat Dye passed away Monday at the age of 80. Obviously I'm not an Auburn fan, but there's a respect and reverence in Southern college football — more so than in other sports, I feel — that bring everybody together when something like this happens.
Dye was arguably the greatest coach in Auburn's history, compiling a record of 153-62-5 and a disputed national championship — Miami finished No. 1 despite losing its bowl game and No. 3 Auburn defeating No. 8 Michigan in its bowl game — en route to the College Football Hall of Fame. And he did all that after taking over a program which was all but dead. Dye led Auburn to four SEC championships in the 1980s after the Tigers' last conference title had come in 1957.
With Auburn having lost its last nine meetings with Alabama at the time of Dye's hiring in 1981, a reporter asked at his introductory press conference how long it would take him to beat the Crimson Tide. Dye responded with one of the best quotes in college football history, saying only, "60 minutes." He won two of his first three Iron Bowls.
Rest in peace, Pat Dye.