Former Auburn football coach and athletic director Pat Dye, who guided the Tigers to four Southeastern Conference championships and to a 99-39-4 record from 1981 to 1992, died Monday at the age of 80.
Dye had been hospitalized in recent days and died as a result of complications from kidney and liver failure.
Auburn had won one SEC championship in its history when Dye was hired after a 6-5 season during his lone year at Wyoming. The Tigers went 5-6 during Dye's debut season but followed that up with a 9-3 mark in 1982 and then an 11-1 record in 1983, when they ended a league championship drought that dated to their 10-0 national title season of 1957.
The Tigers would win additional league titles from 1987-89, putting Dye in the elite club of coaches with three straight SEC crowns that included Tennessee's Robert Neyland, Alabama's Paul "Bear" Bryant and Georgia's Vince Dooley.