He stayed away from football for a decade, returning to Auburn in 1986 to coach quarterbacks under Pat Dye. He left in 1992 to become the head coach at Texas Christian University, where he captured a Southwest Conference title in 1994. He left TCU after a 1-10 season in 1997. He then worked as UAB’s offensive coordinator
Pat Sullivan, first-year University of Alabama-Birmingham offensive coordinator, prepares to throw the ball to a receiver during practice, Wednesday, Aug. 11, 1999, in Birmingham, Ala.
He last coached at Samford, where he won a Southern Conference title, before retiring after eight seasons in 2014, citing health issues and saying his life needed “more balance.”
He was elected into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1991.