The Report Is In – Gogue Expects Jay Jacobs to Make Necessary Improvements

By Posted on: May 13th, 2013 in Baseball, Basketball, Football, News, Other Sports 8 Comments »

gogue2- jay GogueThe much awaited report of the committee on Auburn Athletics has given their report to University President Jay Gogue.

Dr Gogue had charged the committee to take a look at five criteria for evaluating the athletic department: (1) academic and support services for student-athletes, (2) financial management, (3)customer service, (4) competition, including winning, sportsmanship and compliance, and (5) management structure.

In an open letter to the Auburn Family, Dr Gogue voiced support for Jacobs and the Athletic department while at the same time saying he expects “improvement in the overall operations,” and the upgrading of, “how we interact and communicate with fans and alumni, and enhance the game-day experience, on and off the field.”

There has been increased interest this year in the President’s evaluation of Jacobs and the Athletic Department due to the most dismal two years of Auburn sports in recent memory.

While new Auburn Women’s Basketball Coach Terri Williams-Flournoy took her team to the WNIT and the Equestrian team won another National Championship , the major sports have not had a good year. In addition, since Auburn won the BCS Championship two years ago, the big three major sports have struggled.

The basketball team has been terrible, football  had it’s worst season in 60 years and the baseball team has not made an NCAA Baseball Tournament since winning the West in 2010. Barring Pawlowski’s Tigers winning the SEC Tournament (an extreme longshot), Auburn will finish the year without winning a conference or division championship for the first time in 20 years.

The alumni and fans have been waiting to see if Dr Gogue takes any action. In his public response to the committee’s report he said:

“There’s much to celebrate about Auburn Athletics, but there’s also room for substantial improvement. I look forward to Jay providing the leadership needed to make the necessary improvements.”

Everyone agrees there is plenty of “room for substantial improvement” and Gogue says that, Jacobs will “talk more about what’s in store.”  He is scheduled to speak to the Auburn Chamber of Commerce Tuesday morning. Wonder if we will hear what he plans to do to make those “necessary improvements”

Readers can view Dr Gogue’s open letter after the jump:

Dear Auburn family,

The committee I appointed to review operations of Auburn Athletics as part of the Department’s annual evaluation has provided its findings. I’m grateful to members of the committee for their hard work, good thinking and dedication to helping Auburn Athletics move forward.

We asked the committee to review the Department’s total body of work with a focus on five areas: academic and support services for student-athletes; financial management; customer service; competition, including winning, sportsmanship and compliance; and management structure.

Athletics Director Jay Jacobs and I have talked in length about their recommendations. In general, they center on steps to improve overall operations of the Department, upgrade how we interact and communicate with fans and alumni, and enhance the game-day experience, on and off the field. Jay will talk in more detail about what’s in store, and I’m confident he will move forward to put in place a plan to give the Auburn family what we all expect.

There’s much to celebrate about Auburn Athletics, but there’s also room for substantial improvement. I look forward to Jay providing the leadership needed to make the necessary improvements.

War Eagle!

Jay Gogue

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
  1. WoodrowAU95 says:

    I’m not sure what to think anymore about this whole fiasco. Anyone else have any thoughts?

  2. KungFuPanda9 KungFuPanda9 says:

    If you look at the order of priorities…”academic and support services for student-athletes; financial management; customer service; competition, including winning, sportsmanship and compliance; and management structure.” financial management is number two. Winning is number four. It is no secret that Auburn is making more money now under the current administrative staff but winning less. However, it is meeting the higher priotities set by the president.

    The fans want victories on the field. The University wants more money. Thus it is satisfied with the current staff. Oh sure, number three “customer service” is being impacted. And fans walking out of the stadium gets the attention of bean counters. How much dissatisfaction must be shown by the customers until the effect of losing is unacceptable.

  3. wde1988 wde1988 says:

    Unfrigging believable. Until there is change at the AD level… and apparently the President level… nothing will change at Auburn. Stuck in mediocrity.

    Where is Bobby Lowder when we need him?

    WDE

  4. au25432 says:

    President Gogue is one of the best administrators to ever lead Auburn University. He is respected nationally and he is an Auburn man. Like many of you, I have reservations concerning Jay Jacobs. My concerns have always been based on his difficult personality and elitist attitude at times. The past year has mellowed his brashness from what I am told. As for the Athletic Dept., wins and losses do not tell the whole story, although they are important. I can’t fault JJ for hiring Tony Barbee or John Pawlowski, they were both considered to be very good hires at the time they were made. The fact that they may not work out in the end, does not make their being hired a poor decision. JJ can be called out concerning the Chizik contract, but there again, not for his hiring, due tot he fact that in his second season, Auburn won its 2nd national championship.

    Truth be told, if the football team wins 9 games this year, the talk of JJ’s demise will disappear.

  5. Todd92 Todd92 says:

    Gogue is either clueless, not in control, or both. If he thinks boosters will continue to poor money into a losing AD he is truly clueless. Is he going to form a committee every time a coaching hire is necessary? Because Jacobs has proven time and again he is incompetent and can not be trusted to make a good hire.

    And no WDE1988 we don’t need Bobby Lowder. Lowder hired Jacobs as a yes man…. We don’t need someone pulling the strings again. We need Gogue to hire a qualified, competent, proven AD,

    • wde1988 wde1988 says:

      Like that is going to happen Todd92.

      You might as well be whistling dixie…

      WDE

      • Todd92 Todd92 says:

        I would rather whistle Dixie than call for the return of Lowder.

        • wde1988 wde1988 says:

          I’d take action over in action any day. And that is what we will have until auburn gets rid of this over paid goon.