Auburn AD Jay Jacobs pens emotional farewell letter

Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs before the LSU game Saturday Oct. 14 2017 at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge La

Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs before the LSU game Saturday Oct. 14 2017 at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge La

"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", Jacobs wrote in a letter obtained by The Plainsman.

Jacobs also acknowledged the growing amount of controversies associated with Auburn athletics. He also was a key figure in negotiating the school's nine-year extension with Under Armour, was the men's basketball sport administrator and helped support the administrative staff of the football program. "Across several sports, a series of controversies have arisen". 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. Jacobs says issues like those "have begun to take their toll and have raised questions about why Auburn must endure such problems".

The second involved assistant softball coach Corey Myers, who was found to have engaged in inappropriate sexual relationships with players, resulting in the resignation of Myers and his father, head coach Clint Myers. "As I have always done, I have worked my hardest and best to do what is right for Auburn". "Sometimes a new direction and new leadership are helpful in moving beyond current problems".

In October, a former track and field coach alleged he was discriminated against in a suit and said he was assaulted by a fellow assistant coach.

Jacobs has served as Auburn's athletic director since 2004, but played football at the university starting in 1981. He led the coaching search to hire Gus Malzahn after the team fired title-winning coach Gene Chizik.

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