When it came to Auburn’s uniforms, Pat Dye would have none of that backfiring Barfield blasphemy. At least that seems to be the consensus of the Google search-o-sphere. According to the Opelika-Auburn News’ Justin Lee, Dye “once famously dismissed the idea of orange jerseys, saying, ‘The Auburn I remember was pretty damn tough in those blue jerseys.'”
Nope, I don’t remember it either (or maybe I do, who knows), but through at least 1985, Dye divided the annual—or secretly biannual—spring game into Blue vs. Orange, not Blue vs. White.
Here’s some rare video from Dye’s first A-Day with plenty of that sweet, orange-jersey’d action we all love to hate. And a few, cute clips of Aubie when he was just a kitten. (Can’t see the video? Try here.)
Related: Orange Jersey Illustrated.