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Pat Dye, Former Auburn Coach, Denies Claims He Held Man Against His Will After Car Wreck

Pat Dye, Auburn's former football coach, is denying troubling claims of a car crash.

Pat Dye, the 76-year-old former Auburn football coach, allegedly fell asleep while driving, crossed the center line, hit a 66-year-old man and then held the man against his will at his Macon County property. Dye is denying this.'s report on the allegation says that the lawsuit against Dye was filed Thursday in Macon County Circuit Court.


The crash happened at 12:35 p.m. on Wednesday July 6 near the intersection of Gerald Robinson Drive, or Alabama 81, and Potts Drive in Macon County, according to an accident report by Notasulga police Chief Michael Knowles. Dye was driving his 2006 Toyota Tacoma, according to the crash report and the lawsuit filed by Birmingham attorneys Robert Potter and Jerry Trapp Crowell of Mann & Potter.

Potter declined to comment beyond the lawsuit's claims. Dye's attorney, Robert Simms Thompson, did not immediately respond to a request for comment, nor did Huggins, and Knowles is out of the office until Tuesday.

Of the allegations, Dye told, "That is 100 percent a lie."

Dye was Auburn's football coach from 1981-92. He won four SEC championships and was a three-time SEC coach of the year.

You can read's full story on the alleged incident here.