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RIP Pat "Tie" Dye

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Amazingly, the leading sports/news sites fail to mention the Auburn coach's most memorable decision -- Sugar Bowl 1988, trailing unbeaten Syracuse 16-13, one second on the clock, on the Syracuse 13 yard line, and ... Pat Dye sends in the field goal unit.




The kid made the kick. Pat Dye jumped up in celebration. I was watching on TV saying, "oh no, you're not really gonna do that, it must be a fake, but how is a fake gonna work when everyone knows you don't play for a tie in a bowl game" only to see that yes, he really was gonna do that.

And there'was nothing on the line for Auburn -- no chance of a piece of the theoretical national championship since they already had a loss and (you guessed it) a tie on their record. Syracuse, meanwhile, could have cemented a perfect season with a win. So it was wussy, it was petty, it seemed aimed at screwing over the Syracuse kids more than at making the Auburn kids proud.


And the key line to the official obits: Pat Dye managed to hold arch rival Alabama to a (you guessed it) career head-to-head record of 6-6 during his tenure. A tie.

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