Pat Dye, the former Auburn coach and athletic director, is in the hospital for treatment issues related to his kidney but also has tested positive for coronavirus, his son told ESPN.
The 80-year-old’s coronavirus is asymptomatic, Pat Dye Jr. said.
“As has previously been reported, my dad has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus,” the younger Dye, and NFL agent, told ESPN in a statement on Thursday. “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.”
The elder Dye coached at East Carolina and Wyoming before moving on to Auburn in 1981. In his 12 seasons at Auburn, the Tigers posted a 99-39-4 record and appeared in nine bowl games, winning six and tying one. He also served as athletic director from 1981-91.
His overall coaching record is 153-62-5. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2005.