Give Credit to Jay Jacobs
I’ve been known to be tough on Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs in this space. I also want to be fair. I’d be remiss if I didn’t praise him for how he handled the recent tabloid-like stories from Selena Roberts and ESPN.
When trash like this hits the fan, you want your athletic department to react and do it forcefully. Jacobs was deliberate, yet patient in investigating the allegations. When he fought back, he took it nationally and hit Ms. Roberts square in the nose with the most lethal of punches – facts.
The thoroughness of his work made her report look plain idiotic and in the end, did more to discredit her career than even the misleading comments she made regarding the Duke Lacrosse Team in 2006.
More importantly, it showed a shift in how Auburn will handle these sucker punches in the future. Make all the allegations you want, but you better have your facts straight or Auburn will expose you.
Today, its Ms. Roberts whose future is in shambles – not Auburn’s – thanks to the work of Jacobs and his staff.
Heck, his work even picked up a compliment from Paul Finebaum.
“I thought Auburn did an efficient job of eviscerating Selena Roberts’ report of a couple weeks ago. It was complete. It was compelling,” Finebaum said…
Kudos to former Auburn coach Gene Chizik. It was classy of him to defend Auburn and his old staff from these accusations. It would have been easy to keep quiet and continue to collect his checks from Auburn.
Chizik continues to say nothing but nice things about his former employer. You can’t help but pull for the guy going forward…
I don’t know about you, but I’m pumped about the new playoff format going into effect following the 2014 season. Having meaningful games played on Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 is going to change the whole way we celebrate New Year’s.
Had this format been in place in 2010, Auburn would likely have faced off against Stanford in the Sugar Bowl, while Oregon would have faced TCU in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1. The national championship would have been a week later in Dallas…
It’s good to hear that the Chick-Fil-A Bowl will be part of the national championship rotation. The Atlanta-based Bowl will have to change its name to The Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl when things crank up in 2014.
Officials don’t want corporate-only names on the bowls.
“They [the commissioners] want [the bowl names] to be parallel,” College Football Playoff executive director Bill Hancock said.
Prior to becoming the Chick-Fil-A Bowl 17 years ago, the game was known as The Peach Bowl.
Adding the Atlanta contest to the rotation could be huge for Auburn fans. Conference commissioners have said they will try to keep teams close to home for the semi-final matchups…
It was great to see Auburn DE Cory Lemonier get drafted in the third round of the NFL Draft by San Francisco. Still, I can’t help but think it was a huge mistake to come out a year early. He was practically non-existent in the Auburn defense last season.
A year under new coordinator Ellis Johnson could have added millions to his contract…
Bobby Bowden and Florida State are working toward making up. Bowden has not attended a game at Doak Campbell Stadium since he was forced out in 2009. That will all change next season.
Bowden confirmed last week that he’s planning on attending the Nov. 16 game against Syracuse, where the school will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the 1993 National Championship Team.
There have been bitter feelings on both sides since Bowden was forced out in favor of then offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher…