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Jay Jacobs Stepping Down as Auburn AD

By on November 3rd, 2017 in Football, News 4 Comments »

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

Jacobs was named the National Athletic Director of the Year

in May of this year. However, 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 Clint 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 in NCAA college basketball. There were other controversies as well, but those two broke the camel’s back. “They have begun to take their toll,” said Jacobs. “And have raised questions about why Auburn must endure such problems.”

As former walk-on offensive tackle for Coach Pat Dye, who blocked for Bo Jackson, 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 December 2004. He brought in millions of dollars to the program, and his best days were probably when 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 thing’s 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, has to be pulling in the same direction. It’s been a while since that was the case.

Maybe now it can happen.


  1. Tigerpharm says:

    I have mixed feelings about this. I know a lot of people have been clamoring for his hide and now it looks like it's going to happen. But the thing is we need more than stability, we need a proven person with a vision for the future. I got to say I'm not sure Dr Leath coming from Iowa State understands the magnitude of this hire in this state and in this conference.

    • Pine Mt Tiger Pine Mt Tiger says:

      Agree Dr Leath may not yet have a grasp on just how important football is at an SEC school. I've read that he may be considering one of his buddies from Iowa State. Lord I hope not!
      My vote would be for businessman and former Tiger Scott Etheridge.

  2. easyedwin easyedwin says:

    His biggest asset was his love for Auburn. Sadly, that is not enough. I like the guy, really. He never seemed like the sharpest tool in the shed, but he always put Auburn first.

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