Jay Jacobs will step down as Auburn’s athletic director by June 1, he introduced Friday.
“The last several months have been a particularly difficult time,” Jacobs wrote in a press release. “Across a number of sports activities, a collection of controversies have arisen. They have begun to take their toll and have raised questions on why Auburn should endure such issues. As I’ve at all times finished, I’ve labored my hardest and greatest to do what is true for Auburn.
“I imagine in Auburn and can combat for Auburn. But as I contemplate the longer term and what’s greatest for Auburn, I’ve prayerfully determined the time has come for me to step apart. Sometimes a brand new course and new management are useful in shifting past present issues.”
The college introduced that Jacobs might step down earlier if his successor is in place.
Jacobs’ announcement comes lower than two weeks after Auburn despatched a “discover of end result” to softball participant Alexa Nemeth, whose Title IX criticism launched a five-month investigation into the softball program.
The investigation concluded that former badistant softball coach Corey Myers engaged in undesirable badual conduct however that his actions didn’t represent harbadment of Nemeth. Myers resigned on March 30, and his father and head coach Clint Myers retired on Aug. 23.
The Oct. 25 letter, obtained by ESPN, states that there was ample proof to “badist a discovering that undesirable badual conduct occurred” but not enough evidence to show that Myers’ conduct “created a hostile setting for you.”
On Aug. 17, Outside the Lines requested data from Auburn concerning any investigations or disciplinary motion in opposition to Corey Myers. ESPN has requested data greater than a dozen instances however has but to obtain a response.
Jacobs has been in his position since 2004. He labored for the athletic division in varied capacities for greater than 20 years earlier than turning into the athletic director.
Under Jacobs’ watch, Auburn’s athletics revenues skyrocketed from $66.6 million in 2006 to a file $140 million a decade later.
He oversaw an undefeated season in faculty soccer in 2004 and a nationwide championship season in 2010. He was additionally instrumental within the resignation of Tommy Tuberville, who was given a prorated buyout of $5.1 million, and the hiring and firing of his successor, Gene Chizik, who had a buyout of $7.5 million.
After firing males’s basketball coach Tony Barbee in 2014, Jacobs made the controversial transfer to rent Bruce Pearl as his alternative. Pearl was caught mendacity to the NCAA and was fired by Tennessee. Because of the show-cause he was given by the NCAA, he was unable to recruit or consider gamers for his first 5 months on the job at Auburn.
On Thursday, Auburn introduced that ahead Danjel Purifoy and middle Austin Wiley could be held out of video games indefinitely as the college sorted by “potential eligibility points.” The two gamers are believed to be these cited throughout the FBI criticism in opposition to badistant coach Chuck Person, who was suspended with out pay following his arrest tied to the investigation into faculty basketball corruption.