Former Auburn coach Pat Dye sees bright future for Tigers

Special to the Sun HeraldJuly 10, 2014 

BILOXI-- Former Auburn football coach Pat Dye would like to see Auburn move into the SEC Eastern Division.

Dye spoke Thursday to the Mississippi Gulf Coast Auburn Club at the Biloxi Yacht Club.

Auburn is in the West and its cross-over game comes against Georgia. If Auburn moved to the East, the Georgia contest would be played under the division schedule. The Iron Bowl between Auburn and Alabama would be the Tigers' crossover game.

Dye, who coached Auburn to four SEC titles between 1981 and 1992, praised the conference.

"The conference has never been stronger than it is now," Dye said. "The teams are stronger from top to bottom. They are all good coaches. You can't say this guy or that guy is a bad coach. It's like doctors. The highest paid and best doctors are in the biggest hospitals."

Florida State beat Auburn (12-2) 34-31 for the BCS national title when Jamis Winston completed a 2-yard touchdown pass to Kelvin Benjamin with 13 seconds left.

"We didn't play our best game against Florida State," Dye said. "Sometimes you are bound to have a bad game."

Dye, 74, sees a bright future for the Tigers.

"The situation has never been better," Dye said. "Coach Gus Malzhan did the best coaching job I have ever seen in my life. He did an unbelievable job last year."

Dye likes the college playoff system but thinks there should be eight teams qualifying instead of four.

"I don't know why we need a committee," Dye said. "We've got the top two teams the last 15 years without a committee. We've never had a true national champion. The national champion has always been picked by humans. A true national champion requires playoffs. The four-team playoff would be good, but an eight-team playoff would be better."

Dye sees a lot of similarities between spread offenses and the wishbone offense he installed at Auburn, which won the 2010 national title.

"They do more off the spread than we did off the wishbone," he said. "It helps that the quarterback can throw the ball downfield to loosen up the defense. But they still run the reads and the option plays. If I was a coach right now, I would be running the spread."

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