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Jay Jacobs Addresses Media

By on November 25th, 2012 in Football 23 Comments »

Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs took questions from the media Sunday afternoon in the wake of the firing of head coach Gene Chizik. Sporting Elvis sideburns, the embattled AD appeared unsettled at times. When asked about his own job security, Jacobs skirted the question saying only that, “(My) focus has been to keep my head down and keep working.”

Asked when he finally made the decision to fire Chizik, Jacobs said it was something he had been thinking about all season. He notified Chizik last night that he planned to recommend dismissal to university president Jay Gogue today.

Jacobs repeatedly praised the way Chizik handled the news, saying the now former Auburn coach understood how the business works and change was obviously needed.

He was asked whether the Auburn job was as attractive now in light of the rumored NCAA investigation and the dismal results on the field this year. “3-9 is not acceptable at Auburn. But coming off a national championship in 2010, I believe it’s (the job) more attractive now than ever before.”

Despite the huge buyout now valued at just over $11 million, Jacobs says money will not be a factor in hiring the next coach. Still under fire for pushing for the large buyout in Chizik’s contract, Jacobs said the amount could be less because it will be prorated over several years. Should Chizik accept another position, the payout from Auburn would be prorated based on his new salary.

Jacobs said the thing that bothered him the most was lack of player development. He cited on-field and off-the-field issues as areas that must be cleaned up immediately.

As of now, there will be no interim coach. With finals coming up in a few days, he said he doesn’t feel the need to appoint one.

Finally, Jacobs said Auburn’s new coach will have the ability to bring in his own staff and evaluate the program from top to bottom. “We’ll let the next coach really come in and evaluate what the structure of the program is.”


  1. pushinwithrope says:

    To thinks he’s allowed to address the media as the representative of the athletic dept. is the most telling sign that things haven’t and aren’t going to culturally change . “I’m pleased to announce the extension contract of coach chizik (and his unbelievable buyout) as we know we have the best football coach in the country” Less than 500 days ago!! Whoever the ” we” from that extension speech consisted of should be removed from coaching search. I’m going to start a TZero app countdown fir four years rhe day they hire the next ” best coach in country” and I’m betting he will be gone before TZero hits zero!

  2. MyAuburn myauburn says:

    Three things I like about this the most. The search committee is comprised of strong willed, successful football players that would probably overrule Jacobs if he wants a weinie.
    Second, Jacobs said that the first criteria is a proven track record of winning. That lets out another 5-19 hire if he holds true to that.
    Last, although he did not say it in exact words he alluded that money was not a consideration in the new hire.
    As an employer, I know that if you want to get the best and keep the best you have to open your wallet.

    On another note, I am almost pulling for UA to beat UGA. There is no team in America (other than Auburn) that would p**s off the Bammers more to lose to than Notre Dame.

    • almightytmc1 says:

      I have to agree and disagree. It seems like Jacobs is side stepping everything. A commitee sounds impressive, doesn’t it? The problem with commitees is that they can be split into factions. And become largely ineffective in getting the job done. (See U.S. goverment for examples proving my point.) Lets put it this way. Do you think the children of Israel would be free from Pharoah if they let a commitee decide how to best deal with the situation? I don’t see how that could have happened.
      Simply Auburn needs a leader. Elvis Jacobs has stuck his head up from the bomb shelter long enough to deflect the firestorm toward someone else. In this case it is a commitee staffed with a pantheon of Auburn royalty. My guess is that at least half of the commitee members are in Pat Dye’s pocket.
      For what it is worth:
      Bama tried the old school, good ol’ boy approach for a long time. Sure… they did hire some coaches who were not from the Red Elephant Network. But they always hired somone they felt they could control. That did not work. At all. After 20 years of football abortions. Someone finally had the bright idea to hire an outsider with a notorious reputation for not giving a s**t what anyone else had to say. It is pretty obvious that everyone is now thrilled with the results, and everyone is claiming that they were the brains behind this bold, strategic move.
      Fire Elvis Jacobs. He can’t sing He can’t administer. All he does well is look like an idiot in those ridicules sdeburns.

  3. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..I cannot do anything but wish both Georgia and Bama well this season. I don’t like either school, but our problems are not of their making. May the best team win in Atlanta next weekend, and may the winner break Notre Dame in half!

    …..I’ve seen enough losing coaches win championships (Stallings, Dubose, Chizik), and proven coaches lose (Shanahan, Fulmer, Landry.) I can’t rightly recommend any current coach for the job. Now, we’re going to get SOMEBODY, in a few days, or weeks. Let’s hope it’s the right somebody.

    …..If he’d take it, I’d love to see Gus Malzhan come back. I think he’s on the right track as far as current football trends go. If he’d take this pressure cooker of a job. The whole biz about his wife is a non-starter. First, if you watched the whole interview she did, you’d realize that there’s nothing bad there. Anyone can video edit words you say to look bad.

    …..Spike Dykes would be pretty cool to hire, too. I think he philosophically fits what we Tigers want. Could fans stomach more Tony Franklin? Franklin can put up awesome numbers if he has a quarterback who can run it. History has proved that. Whether we have that currently on campus, no one knows. We also know that Franklin’s offense is an absolute disaster without the right trigger man to run it.

    …..Franklin’s actually simplified his approach since Auburn, believe it or not. They don’t even meer-cat to the sideline anymore. They basically run the swinging gate every play. Franklin’s QB lines ’em up quickly, counts defenders inside and outside the hashes, and goes with a pre-called inside or outside play. This has resulted in a ridiculous number of snaps for La. Tech this season, and ludicrous points. Their defense has suffered, but they are winning.

    • uglyjoe says:

      ony Franklin got the shaft, IMHO. He was definitely a personality, and I think I could be happy with Dykes. I would be happy with Malzhan back, but I don’t feel like the feeling would be mutual….I agree with you about his wife, but I also think she was ready for a change; if momma’s not happy, nobody is happy. Kirby would be good, but we would never hear the end of it from the turds, and I don’t think he would be willing to do a direct move to Auburn, especially when we need a coach quick, and he is probably going to be busy until the second week of January. Jimbo would be good too, but I can’t imagine his buyout. I think I would support Strong….do you think he could take it to the next level with the resources that Auburn has to offer?

    • Todd92 Todd92 says:

      The center calls the play at the line of scrimmage…. Leave Otis where he’s at for gods sake don’t let him anywhere neat our program.

  4. Tiger on the mountain Tiger on the mountain says:

    I hope that Jacob’s really means it when he says that the new head coach can run his own show.

  5. uglyjoe says:

    And the good news is….if you are a Rhode Island basketball fan, they are no longer winless…..guess what the bad news is?

  6. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..I’m guessing that the team that they beat dropped balls in the paint, clanked numerous free throws off the rim, and committed tons of turnovers.

  7. wde1988 wde1988 says:

    Suspect that Jacobs has been told he is on thin ice. Gouge may be daft but i think even he understands his own job is at stake and now irreversibly tied to Jacobs.

    Auburn’s committee has a huge job ahead of it. If jacobs has any brains he will ok whatever they say. Personally with jackson and sullivan on the committee i feel comfortable that auburn will be looked after.

    War eagle

  8. restless6 says:

    Didn’t this moron say that money was no object the last time he hired a coach?

    Why should anyone believe anything he says?

  9. Jonathon Jonathon says:

    Jacobs is… bluntly… an idiot. He hired Chizik, Man Up and take shotgun on that ride out of town! From what I hear, no other athletic wing puts him on a pedestal either. Why again are we keeping him around?

    As for Malzahn coming back to coach – Seriously?! Someone please detail three concrete reasons Malzahn will take us to the promise land? Please start with his head coaching career to-date so I can listen past point #1. What? It only consists of one year at Arky St.? Save your breath.
    Maybe high school coaching success is exactly what Jacobs means by his successful candidate comment.

    Point is – the longer we wait for a REAL candidate to take the job the slimmer our rays of hope become. With UT and Arky also looking, and also good programs on better footing right now than Auburn, a drawn out coaching search will be No Bueno.
    We’re asking a lot of a new coach – to right a sunken ship, scarred from a no-win SEC season and the possibility of doing so with limited resources due to possible NCAA sanctions. If you think the NCAA will be lenient on us after the whole Cam fiasco, you’re only kidding yourself. We are prime picking for the NCAA to make a statement with.

    What a nightmare.

    At the very least we don’t have to wonder whether Chiz will be around for another year after this dreadful season.

    • KoolBell KoolBell says:

      First, the NCAA investigation…
      As I stated back in August when all this came out into the open, “at some point the NCAA will investigate Auburn” simply because Jovon Robinson chose to come to Auburn. There have been 13 other schools that have been looked into because of that 7 on 7 camp that Robinson attended. I know what the press is saying, but I will tell you that there is only a secondary violation infraction as we speak, so the sky is not falling!

      Secondly, I agree that AU can ill afford to wait in naming Chizik’s successor. Time is of the essence here, Jaquay Williams, and Jahmere Irvin-Sills have both decommitted(sp) today.

      • wde1988 wde1988 says:

        KB, do you think that the NCAA gave AU an option – Fire Chizik (more specifically Luper and Taylor)?

        The reason I say this is because Jacobs indicated that Chizik and his coaches would be paid regardless. I find that hard to believe if the NCAA was going to find AU guilty of anything and assign punitive damages. Why would Chizik get a dime if the NCAA found AU guilty of anything?

        I knew that the issues stated were over Robinson. The thing I keep saying is that AU coaches can’t change a highschool players grades. That just can’t happen. And I remember that there was some counselor that stated that he had changed the grades. I simply didn’t know if there was some slippery slope that would somehow link AU to something bad here.The one thing I am pretty sure about is that this has nothing to do with Cam Newton.

        About AU rushing to hire a coach? Well, there are several reasons… the main one is recruiting. I could give a crap about kids leaving because Chizik is gone. Chizik (while a good man) enabled this pansy play crap… This will have to be completely cleansed before things get better. The second reason is that there will be kids already on the roster that will want to transfer from AU. I don’t know if you watched any of the post game interviews…. but these kids all repeat Chizik’s mantra that they kept fighting… I am not sure what film they watched – but there was no fight. It was over when AU went bowling instead of practicing. The next coach will have to stabilize the situation. I suspect there will be a Brian Kelly moment. And it won’t be pretty. It’s simply necessary…


        • KoolBell KoolBell says:

          I do not think the NCAA, nor this “investigation” if want to call it that, had anything to do with the decision to fire Chizik. Remember, the NCAA has not sent Auburn an official letter of inquiry.
          The assistants have not been fired. They are all still on the payroll. Unless they choose to leave, they will be back to work tomorrow.

          The grades were changed on Robinson’s records, and that has been admitted to. Most insiders think it has more to do with the individual who runs the 7 on 7 camp I mentioned earlier.

      • rn4au rn4au says:

        Thank you so much for that information and statement KoolBell. It is nice to see something not quit so negative posted ( me being the guilty party of the negative ;).

  10. mikeautiger says:

    Charlie Strong would be a great fit for Auburn football, SEC experience, defensive minded, has done a great job rebuilding Louisville, and is from the south and has great connections. TCU head coach interests me too.

  11. War_Eagle_2010 War_Eagle_2010 says:

    I don’t think AU should worry too much about this recruiting class at this point. It’s WAY more important to get the right coach. Besides, the next coach will have a bunch of “four” and “five” star guys already on the roster to work with and actually develop. Don’t get me wrong the next staff should recruit their butt’s off, but they need to be good coaches first and foremost. War Eagle! Maybe Bama and UGA will tie somehow?

  12. War_Eagle_2010 War_Eagle_2010 says:

    One bright spot this year: Tre Mason 1002 yards. Glad he got to a thousand despite the coaches best efforts.

  13. restless6 says:

    Hire an ass kicker. Shut Pat Dye out.

    A Brian Kelly type guy would do this.

  14. JRoweMDN says:

    Does anyone else think it is telling that someone labeled a “turnaround CEO” , that was basically unheard of is in the middle of this hiring committee? Could it be our new AD is actually doing the hiring and JJ is just there while introductions are made.