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Former Auburn coach Pat Dye tests positive for COVID-19

Former Auburn University head coach Pat Dye at an event in Auburn. (VIA MADISON OGLETREE/THE AUBURN PLAINSMAN)

Former Auburn head football coach Pat Dye, a legend in college football, has tested positive for COVID-19 while hospitalized for an ongoing medical condition, according to his brother’s church.

Dye, who served as head football coach at Auburn University from 1981 to 1992, was diagnosed recently with the virus and tested positive while in the hospital being treated for preexisting kidney problems.

His brother “says he is very weak and is experiencing loss of appetite and some confusion,” according to the church’s email. A family member told CBS 42 in Birmingham that Dye was asymptomatic when he tested positive.

APR has not independently confirmed Dye’s diagnosis, but 247Sports’s Brandon Marcello confirmed the news Wednesday after Toccoa First United Methodist Church in Georgia, where Dye’s brother is a member, sent out the email asking for prayers.

The field at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn is named after Dye, and he was inducted into the Football Hall of Fame in 2005.

“Please help us lift Pat up in prayer so that God may help him. Pat is loved by many people far and wide and there is no better reminder of this love than constant prayer for him and his family,” the church said in the email.

Chip Brownlee is a former political reporter, online content manager and webmaster at the Alabama Political Reporter. He is now a reporter at The Trace, a non-profit newsroom covering guns in America.

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