Auburn coaching great Pat Dye has tested positive for COVID-19, his family confirmed to ESPN on Thursday morning.
"As has previously been reported, my dad has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus," Pat Dye Jr. told ESPN in a statement. "However, his positive test occurred a number of days ago during a routine precautionary test pursuant to his hospitalization for kidney-related issues.”
Dye Jr. said his father is “resting comfortably” and is expected to be released from the hospital in the coming 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," Dye Jr. said.
Word of Dye’s diagnosis reportedly first emerged after the church of a family member of the coach sent out a request for prayers.
According to an email from the Toccoa First United Methodist Church, former Auburn coach Pat Dye has tested positive for COVID-19. pic.twitter.com/8SfjQOZLpp
— Christian Clemente (@CClemente__) May 21, 2020
Dye is best known for his Auburn tenure between 1981 and 1992, in which he went 99-39-4 while capturing four SEC titles. He was named SEC coach of the year three times, national coach of the year once and also was Auburn’s athletic director for 10 years.
The field at Auburn’s Jordan-Hare Stadium is named “Pat Dye Field” in his honor.
Before Auburn, Dye served as head coach at East Carolina and Wyoming and was an All-American offensive guard at Georgia. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2005.
Per The New York Times, the state of Alabama has 13,052 reported cases of coronavirus as of Wednesday, as well as 522 deaths. Two-hundred and ninety new cases were reported Tuesday.
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