Just how deep does the rivalry between Alabama and Auburn run? Deep enough that when ‘Bama legend Paul “Bear” Byrant was asked about his friend Pat Dye coaching on The Plains, he, somewhat in jest, told a reporter that Auburn may ruin Dye.
Phil Snow: Would you rather not have a guy as close as Pat is to you be the coach at Auburn?
Bear Bryant: Yeah, I’d rather he wouldn’t be the coach at Auburn.
Snow: Why is that, coach?
Bryant: Because he’s a friend of mine. I want him to continue to be a friend of mine, but it’s difficult to be as close as ones like we were and be cross state rivals. And I don’t want those Auburn people ruining him anyway.
Snow: Did you try to talk him out of taking the job?
Bryant: No, I didn’t try to talk him out… we talked before he was ever offered the job, before he was ever interviewed. I let him I know I didn’t think he should be goin’ down there I think. He didn’t pay any attention to me, naturally.