Jay Jacobs (athletic director)

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Jay Jacobs
Residence Auburn, Alabama
Education B.A., Auburn University, M.B.A., Auburn University
Occupation Director of Athletics
Employer Southeastern Conference

Jay Jacobs is the current director of athletics for the Auburn Tigers athletic department. He was named Auburn's 14th Director of Athletics on December 22, 2004, after working in almost every area of the Auburn athletic department for the previous 20 years.

2008 football coaching change[edit]

In December 2008, Jacobs came under considerable criticism[1][2][3] for the resignation of head football coach Tommy Tuberville and subsequent hiring of former Iowa State football coach, Gene Chizik.[4] The public perception of the 2008 coaching search was so negative [5] that it created a groundswell of opposition to Jacobs by many Auburn fans, students and alumni.[6][7] However, Jacobs was later vindicated when Chizik, in his second year, won the 2010 BCS National Championship Game.[8]

2010 basketball coaching change[edit]

In March 2010, Jacobs dismissed former Auburn men's basketball coach Jeff Lebo. Lebo had been at Auburn for six years, had a losing record, and his teams had failed to make the NCAA Tournament in any season. Jacobs replaced him with Tony Barbee.


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