I saw a video, I think Fred Hunter's Absolutely Alabama" that was on Coach Dye. IIRC, they talked about that tree and he releyed that story.All I have ever known and heard of Pat Dye were good things.
The things I heard that Bo Jackson said about him at his funeral service about him illuminates the classy guy he was.
Today a work a coworker of mine (big time Auburn fan) told me Dye requested to be buried on his own property underneath a tree he planted years ago From a clipping from the oak tree at Toomer’s Corner. Said he wanted to be buried beneath tree so that his decaying body could become fertilizer for the tree. As the guy told it, they did bury him in a pine coffin beneath that tree.
Even as a Bama fan, that is the most bad ass thing I think I have ever heard. Nothing tacky, just an honest, from the heart nod to the university he loved.
That’s pretty freaking awesome in my book.