Jay Jacobs Stepping Down as Auburn AD

Friday, November 3, 2017

Jay Jacobs Stepping Down as Auburn AD


As reported here first by our AUDude, Auburn Athletic Director Jay Jacobs announced in a letter to Auburn fans that he would be stepping down as Athletic Director effective June 1,, 2018. He said his tenure could end sooner that the June date if  the University locates the person to succeed him.

He cited a series of controversies across several sports as the reason for his early retirement.

After a scandal brought about the resignations of softball coach Clent Myers and his son Corey during the summer, the school was blindsided by the arrest of assistant men’s basketball coach Chuck Person.  He was caught up in a national FBI sting investigation into bribery among NCAA college basketball.

A former walk-on offensive tackle for coach Pat Dye, there is no doubt Jacobs loves Auburn but he had become a divisive figure especially after the two scandals hit the news. He worked in different capacities within the athletic department before assuming the AD role in 2005. His best days were probably after Auburn won the 2010 BCS National Championship.

“I believe in Auburn and will fight for Auburn,” said Jacobs. But as I consider the future and what is best for Auburn, I have prayerfully decided the time has come for me to step aside. Sometimes a new direction and new leadership are helpful in moving beyond current problems.”

One things for certain, if an athletic program is to be successful, everyone from the president to the AD, to the boosters, to the coaches, and to the average fan all have to be pulling in the same direction. Maybe now that can happen.

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