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.'”
But hey, you’ve got these orange jerseys laying around… might as well put’em to some use the fans won’t object to, right? (Pretty sure Jack Meagher did the same thing with those green 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.)
You can find some fun photos of retired orange jerseys here and here.
Related: Orange Jersey Illustrated.
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* The Thing That Ate Auburn
* Pat Dye signing neckties sent by Syracuse fans
* The truth behind the Auburn-LSU ‘Earthquake Game’
* Pat Dye maybe would have killed Jerry Sandusky
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