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The word is out! Jay Jacobs has officially resigned.

Not sure if I can post the letter, but he will step down when his successor is hired.

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November 3, 2017

Word From Jay Jacobs

Dear Auburn Family,

I can remember everything about my first Auburn football game. I was a 12 year-old boy from nearby Lafayette, watching from the North end zone with my uncle and cousins as the Tigers defeated Georgia. It was the beginning of my lifelong love affair with Auburn University.

Auburn is special. It always will be.

Since I came here as a walk-on football player in 1981 and became a starter on an SEC Championship team, I have loved this school and I always will. I have given my heart and soul to our university, but the university has given me so much more in return.

Auburn is a wonderful place. Nothing makes me prouder than walking around the campus saying, "War Eagle", to students, staff and faculty who pass by. Most people don’t know it, but sometimes I take a bunch of young Auburn fans out of the south end zone during the fourth quarter and sneak them into the dressing room. We’re family and dreams come true here.

Expectations are high at Aurburn – they should be. As the Director of Athletics, I have the responsibility for managing 250 tremendous members of our staff who are responsible and accountable to the 567 student-athletes who wear the Auburn uniform. When something goes wrong, it is my responsibility. I have always known that. I have always accepted that.

The last several months have been a particularly difficult time. Across several sports, a series of controversies have arisen. They have begun to take their toll and have raised questions about why Auburn must endure such problems. As I have always done, I have worked my hardest and best to do what is right for Auburn.

I believe in Auburn and will fight for Auburn. 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.

Earlier this week, I informed President Leath that I will step down as Director of Athletics on June 1, 2018, or sooner if my successor is in place. I have come to this decision after a lot of prayer, deliberative discussions with my wife, Angie, and with the realization that it is time for a new leader of an incredible Department

Until a new Director of Athletics is chosen, I will work hard every day every way I can. I still have work to do, but I know already that I will miss so much about this place. I will miss my monthly lunches with team captains. I will miss hearing ideas from students about their Auburn experience and how to make it better. I will miss watching student-athletes get their degrees, which is what this is all about. And I’ll miss Ms. Sylvia’s smiling face every morning when I arrive.

While I am proud of all our accomplishments during my 13 years "in the chair", I am most proud of the young men and women who represented all of us with dignity, class and pride. These are the students who have gone back to their communities to make the world a better place.

There will be plenty of time to share my appreciation and to express my gratitude to so many, but for now, I will continue to work, as I am honored to forever be a member of the Auburn Family.

 

God Bless and War Eagle!

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WOOOOOOOOOOO  HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Let’s get that successor in place :popcorn:

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My money would be on a replacement named  way before June 2018. Hopefully this postpones any stadium "plans" JJ was heading up.

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 Finally! Now we need to line up a homerun higher and get this thing turned around! :hellyeah:

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This is my official application for the position of Director of Athletics at Auburn University. I think I could handle the gig :laugh:

Let's get the ball rolling and get him out Auburn Fast.

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Just now, AU64 said:

JMO....but a good letter and hope there is minimum gloating.

This is the way it should be done with a bit of dignity.

lol come on 64. Let us have our fun. As long as no one takes it far it is all in GOOD CLEAN fun. The man is a millionaire. he is not hurting.

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6 minutes ago, RunInRed said:

November 3, 2017

Word From Jay Jacobs

Dear Auburn Family,

I can remember everything about my first Auburn football game. I was a 12 year-old boy from nearby Lafayette, watching from the North end zone with my uncle and cousins as the Tigers defeated Georgia. It was the beginning of my lifelong love affair with Auburn University.

Auburn is special. It always will be.

Since I came here as a walk-on football player in 1981 and became a starter on an SEC Championship team, I have loved this school and I always will. I have given my heart and soul to our university, but the university has given me so much more in return.

Auburn is a wonderful place. Nothing makes me prouder than walking around the campus saying, "War Eagle", to students, staff and faculty who pass by. Most people don’t know it, but sometimes I take a bunch of young Auburn fans out of the south end zone during the fourth quarter and sneak them into the dressing room. We’re family and dreams come true here.

Expectations are high at Aurburn – they should be. As the Director of Athletics, I have the responsibility for managing 250 tremendous members of our staff who are responsible and accountable to the 567 student-athletes who wear the Auburn uniform. When something goes wrong, it is my responsibility. I have always known that. I have always accepted that.

The last several months have been a particularly difficult time. Across several sports, a series of controversies have arisen. They have begun to take their toll and have raised questions about why Auburn must endure such problems. As I have always done, I have worked my hardest and best to do what is right for Auburn.

I believe in Auburn and will fight for Auburn. 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.

Earlier this week, I informed President Leath that I will step down as Director of Athletics on June 1, 2018, or sooner if my successor is in place. I have come to this decision after a lot of prayer, deliberative discussions with my wife, Angie, and with the realization that it is time for a new leader of an incredible Department

Until a new Director of Athletics is chosen, I will work hard every day every way I can. I still have work to do, but I know already that I will miss so much about this place. I will miss my monthly lunches with team captains. I will miss hearing ideas from students about their Auburn experience and how to make it better. I will miss watching student-athletes get their degrees, which is what this is all about. And I’ll miss Ms. Sylvia’s smiling face every morning when I arrive.

While I am proud of all our accomplishments during my 13 years "in the chair", I am most proud of the young men and women who represented all of us with dignity, class and pride. These are the students who have gone back to their communities to make the world a better place.

There will be plenty of time to share my appreciation and to express my gratitude to so many, but for now, I will continue to work, as I am honored to forever be a member of the Auburn Family.

 

God Bless and War Eagle!

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Dang, we hired a guy that can't even spell the word "Auburn" correctly. HAHAHA. 

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Just now, TitanTiger said:

I'd be a bit more gracious feeling if I didn't know about all the wrangling and dragging of heels by Jay and his representatives that made this go one far longer than it should have. 

THIS. SO THIS.

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JJ rode it as long as he could.

We'll always have the uber-tron to remember him by! 

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I thought Terry Henley seemed extra happy this morning but didn’t have a chance to speak with him. 

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5 minutes ago, RunInRed said:

Nice typo, Jay ...

Expectations are high at Aurburn –

damn not even a typo, just straight up misspelled. cant even use spell check. 

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8 minutes ago, GwillMac6 said:

lol come on 64. Let us have our fun. As long as no one takes it far it is all in GOOD CLEAN fun. The man is a millionaire. he is not hurting.

Just suggesting that there is no reason not to be gracious about getting what you want. 

 

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He ain't gone yet..We all knew this was coming. I won't start celebrating until double bubble is gone. What is the evaluation period like for finding another AD and for how long? Gus should not be able to step down also. Fire him! But as long as JJ is still AD he won't be fired...So whatever..smh

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17 minutes ago, AU64 said:

JMO....but a good letter and hope there is minimum gloating.

This is the way it should be done with a bit of dignity.

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