AUBURN, Ala. (WBRC) - UPDATE: Former Auburn football coach Pat Dye has tested positive for COVID-19.
According to ESPN, Dye, 80, has been asymptomatic for coronavirus, according to his son, Pat Dye Jr., an NFL agent.
"As has previously been reported, my dad has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus," Dye Jr. 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.”
Dye, who served at the Tigers head coach from 1981-92, has been hospitalized in Atlanta with ongoing kidney problems.
The diagnosis is confirmed according to an email obtained from his sister’s church, Toccoa First United Methodist Church in Georgia.