I am just getting started on a new book, a project I have been considering doing for a while now. I think we are going to name it After the Arena, but that isn’t set in stone at this time and it could be something different if somebody comes up with a better name.
The book will go back to my time coaching football at Auburn, but most of it will be about things that have happened in my life since I retired in 1992.
I have got a lot of topics I want to cover, but if some of you who are reading this column have something in particular you would like me to write about in this book let me know. If you think there is a story that I need to include in the book, a subject that hasn’t been written about or adequately explained, we will consider making a chapter out of it.
It will be fun for me to read what suggestions we may get from Auburn folks. Hopefully, they will be excited if we take what they would like to read about include those subjects in this book, a project I am certainly excited about doing.
Mike Jernigan, a much better writer than me, will be the co-author. He did an outstanding job writing the book The Life and Times of George Petrie,” the man who is considered the father of Auburn football. Of course, George Petrie was much more than that. Mike was the editor of Auburn’s alumni magazine for a long time and he understands Auburn and its traditions very well. I am looking forward to working with him like I did with John Logue on the book In the Arena.
Things have changed dramatically in college football since I quit coaching more than two decades ago and that is one of the many subjects that we will cover in this book. I plan on having a good time doing this project.
(If you have a question or a subject you would like me to write about in future columns, you can email it to PatDye@autigers.com.)
Editor’s Note: This is part of a series of columns that College Football Hall of Fame member Pat Dye is writing for AUTigers.com about the game he played and coached. An All-American player at Georgia and one of the top head coaches in SEC history at Auburn, he also served as a head coach at East Carolina and Wyoming. Dye writes three columns for AUTigers.com--The Dye-Log, the Dye-Gest and Pat’s Picks.
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