Tag:Pat Dye
Posted on: July 14, 2011 5:09 pm
Edited on: July 14, 2011 5:49 pm

Former Tigers, Tide to play tornado benefit game

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

It's not quite the live preseason scrimmage between Auburn and Alabama our Dennis Dodd proposed as a quick -- and highly lucrative -- fundraiser for tornado victims this past May. But it might be the next-best thing.

Planners with the relief organization "HeartinDixie Foundation" have announced a flag football game to be played between Tide and Tiger football alumni in Hoover Aug. 13. The game will be part of a three-day weekend of activities to raise money for the Foundation, a "non-profit organization comprised of Alabama and Auburn supporters united in relief efforts following the April 27 tornadoes."

Though rosters for the two teams have yet to be finalized, some of the legends from either side scheduled to appear during the weekend will be Auburn's Bo Jackson, Pat Dye and Joe Cribbs and Alabama's Gene Stallings, Bobby Humphrey and Cornelius Bennett. The athletic directors at both schools have lent their support to the project:
"HeartinDixie is a chance to show the nation and the world that we are united and committed in helping Alabama rebuild and recover," Auburn Athletics Director Jay Jacobs said in a statement. "We learn the most about each other in difficult times, and what we have learned about Alabamians since the devastating tornadoes is that what binds us together is much bigger than what sets us apart."
Alabama Athletics Director Mal Moore described the weekend of events as a "unique opportunity" to assist the state.
"While the world has moved on, we still have much work to do," Moore said in a statement. "Events such as this not only serve as a reminder that we still have much to do, but also provides us with an opportunity to come together to accomplish a single goal."

Of course, once the game begins, we're going to be looking at two teams made up of dedicated athletes with fierce Auburn and Alabama ties working towards very different goals. It could get interesting ... which is why it's probably also going to raise a sizable chunk of money for an excellent cause.

Posted on: June 14, 2011 1:08 pm
Edited on: June 14, 2011 1:21 pm

Auburn offered Prince William a scholarship

Posted by Chip Patterson

Often times we enjoy kidding about schools recruiting young, as the competition for the top talent has led to younger and younger prospects on coaches' radars. But few people can say they received a scholarship offer Auburn at birth.

When Princess Diana gave birth to Prince William in 1982, then-head coach Pat Dye sent the future king an honorary football scholarship to join the Tigers. The Spring 2011 edition of the Auburn Athletics Department quarterly magazine, Tiger Roar, brought the royal scholarship offer to light.

"Shortly after William's birth, Coach Pat Dye sent the future king an honorary Auburn football scholarship, as official as any honorary scholarship could be, signed by Coach Dye himself, sealed and delivered," explained former Auburn athletics director David Housel. "Somewhere in Coach Dye's files or within the archives of the athletic department or university there is a letter, a nice note actually, from Buckingham Palace, thanking Coach Dye and Auburn for the scholarship, letting him know that Prince Charles and Diana appreciated Auburn's courtesy and thoughtfulness. They were confident Prince William would appreciate and consider the offer as he grew older."

Instead of joining the Tigers, William opted instead to attend St. Andrews in Scotland - where he met his now-wife Kate Middleton. The story makes for an interesting "what if" for Auburn fans, though I think the recently named Duke and Duchess of Cambridge would agree that things have worked out pretty well without a stop in Jordan-Hare Stadium.
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