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Ex-Tiger Coach Dye Says Moving The Iron Bowl Aided Alabama

gfx - they said itFormer Auburn coach Pat Dye believes he knows who’s responsible for Alabama’s run of four national titles in 22 seasons — Pat Dye.  Well, sort of.

According to the ex-coach, his 1981 push to move the Iron Bowl out of Birmingham and onto the campuses of Auburn and Alabama wound up providing a bigger boost to the Tide than to the Tigers.

Let’s let him tell it:


“(Paul Bryant) said, ‘I guess you’re going to want to take the Auburn-Alabama game to Auburn.  I said, ‘We’re going to take it to Auburn.’  He said, ‘Not as long as I’m coaching.’  I said, ‘You ain’t going to coach forever.’  He said, ‘We’ve got a contract through ’88.’  I said, ‘We’re going to play ’89 in Auburn,’ and we did…

If you look at what’s happened since ’89, I would say that it’s a great thing for Auburn but Alabama has really benefited more from it than Auburn because it got their games out of Birmingham.  Now the Alabama fans have a gameday experience that they couldn’t have in Birmingham around Legion Field — tailgating and getting back on campus.  Look at the facilities that they’ve built since 1989.  I’m sure it’s just like it is at Auburn, they have benefited from an academic standpoint also because of all the money that football generates.

It’s been good for both schools.  It’s the way it should be now.”


Good for both schools, but better for Alabama.  According to Dye.  And thanks to Dye.

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SEC Headlines 3/31/2013

headlines-sun3-150x1501. Kevin Scarbinsky on former Alabama A.D. Mal Moore, who died Saturday. “Moore will be linked forever with Paul Bryant in death as they were in life.”

2. Former Alabama coach Gene Stallings knew Moore for 55 years.  ”I was extremely surprised when I found out that he passed away.”

3. Vanderbilt’s latest scrimmage shows the Commodores are committed to the Wildcat formation.

4. LSU defensive end Jordan Allen is back on the practice field after a knee injury against Washington cost him his sophomore season.

5. Injuries at Georgia – offensive lineman Austin Long out for the rest of the spring.  Cornerback Sheldon Dawson likely out as well.

6. Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray on the Bulldogs Saturday scrimmage: “I thought we dominated the day.”

7. Arkansas coach Bret Bielema on the Razorbacks Saturday scrimmage: “I was happy with the way they were hitting.”

8. Looks like sophomore Brandon Allen has a slight edge on senior Brandon Mitchell for the Arkansas quarterback job.

9. Auburn quarterback Kiehl Frazier bulked up to 245 pounds last year.  With the running game back in play, he’s shed 10 pounds already on the way back down to his freshman weight of 220 pounds.

10. Likely top target this fall for Mississippi State quarterback Tyler Russell?  Junior receiver Robert Johnson.  ”We actually played against each other in high school.”

11. It’s the one wide-open competition at Ole Miss this spring – tight end.  Co-offensive coordinator Dan Werner: “We’re just playing about eight of them right now, letting them battle it out to see who’ll be the guy and right now nobody is separating themselves.”

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12. Trey Burke’s performance for Michigan Friday night was the first time a player had scored at least 20 points and 10 assists since Billy Donovan did it for Providence back in 1987.

13. Roster juggling at Tennessee or early NBA departures? Vols have ten returning scholarship players and four commitments.  That’s 14 with a 13-scholarship limit.

14.  Rick Pitino and Mike Krzyzewski will face each other for the first time today since the immortal Christian Laettner shot.

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