On Thursday, the son of former Auburn football head coach and athletic director Pat Dye confirmed that Dye has tested positive for COVID-19 and is in the hospital due to issues with his kidney.

In a statement to ESPN, Dye’s son, Pat Dye Jr., said that his father has been asymptomatic for COVID-19. “As has previously been reported, my dad has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. However, his positive test occurred a number of days ago during a routine precautionary test pursuant to his hospitalization for kidney-related issues. He has essentially been asymptomatic for the virus and is resting comfortably. We fully anticipate his release from the hospital in the next few days once his kidney function is stable. On behalf of my family, I want to thank everyone for the overwhelming support for Dad and our family upon the reporting of this news.”

In 2005, Dye was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as he went 99-33-4 during 12 seasons with the Tigers from 1981-1992, winning four SEC championships with Auburn. Dye also served as the athletic director at Auburn from 1981-1991. The football field at Auburn was named ‘Pat Dye Field’ in 2005.


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