Ex-Auburn coach interested in Georgia job
COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) -- Former Auburn football coach Pat Dye says he is interested in replacing fired Georgia coach Jim Donnan, even though he has been out of coaching since 1992.
Dye told the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer he talked by phone with Georgia athletics director Vince Dooley after Donnan's Dec. 4 firing.
"He didn't say he was interested. He didn't say he wasn't interested. We just left it like that," said Dye, 61.
"Pat Dye is a proven winner, and he has a Georgia background. That's all I have to say," Dooley told the newspaper.
Dye, 61, an Augusta native who was an All-American offensive lineman at Georgia in 1959 and 1960, lives on a farm outside Auburn and serves as special assistant to the school president.
He said he isn't concerned about his age or the fact that he has been away from coaching for eight years.
"I've studied the game and kept up with the game," he said. "Really and truly, I feel very strongly I would be a better football coach today than when I resigned, just being wiser and smarter.
"If I got back in it, I'd find out," he added with a laugh.
Dye left Auburn in 1992 after compiling a 99-39-4 record in 12 seasons, including winning or sharing Southeastern Conference championships in 1983 and 1987-89. He resigned after his last two teams finished with 5-6 and 5-5-1 records.
Auburn was placed on NCAA probation during his tenure after former player Eric Ramsey admitted receiving improper benefits from a booster.
Donnan had a 39-19 record in five seasons at Georgia, but his teams played poorly against the Bulldogs' top rivals. Donnan will coach the team one last time in Sunday's Oahu Bowl against Virginia.
The Ledger-Enquirer said there are no known plans for a meeting between Dooley and Dye, but Dooley was expected to meet with Southern Mississippi coach Jeff Bower on Thursday on his way to Hawaii for the Oahu Bowl.
Georgia officials already have met with Florida State offensive coordinator Mark Richt, Miami Dolphins offensive coordinator Chan Gailey and Green Bay Packers receivers coach Ray Sherman.