Lord have mercy, It is hard to believe Coach Dye has passed. I was truly blessed to have been raised in an Auburn family. I grew up in Burlington, N.C.and spent all my summer vacations and Christmas holidays in Opelika and Auburn, Ala. The majority of both sides of my family went to Auburn and were from Lee County. I learned to love Auburn and Auburn University at an early age and still do.
I went to East Carolina University. Coach Dye came to Greenville mid way through my freshman year after Coach Sonny Randle left to coach his alma mater, The University of Virginia. Being from an Auburn family, I knew Coach Dye was coming from Coach Bryant's staff at Alabama and he knew how to win and win he did.
All of Eastern North Carolina and ECU hated to see coach and his family leave in 1979 but it was time for him to move on. After one season in Wyoming, I was glad to see Coach make it to the Southeastern Conference at the helm of my childhood favorite school, Auburn University. I knew he would win there and win he did. Coach Dye said before his first East Carolina team took the field against Bowling Green that hot September night back in 1974, that he had been a winner all his life and he wasn't going to change now and he never did.
You always made things better, thanks Coach Dye for all you did. On the coastal plains of eastern North Carolina and on the rolling plains of Dixie your spirit will always live. GO Pirates and War Damn Eagle!!