Pat Dye's impact on Auburn 'will stand the test of time'

AP photo by Bill Haber / Auburn football coach Pat Dye walks among his players as they practice on Dec. 27, 1988, in preparation for the Sugar Bowl against Florida State in New Orleans.

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.