Former Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs is staying within the Southeastern Convention as Florida’s new govt affiliate athletic director.
Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin introduced Jacobs’ rent Tuesday.
“Florida athletics is fortunate to have someone of Jay’s caliber joining the [University Athletic Association] ,” Stricklin mentioned in an announcement. “His character, imaginative and prescient, expertise and talent to attach with individuals will probably be large property to our division.
“Moreover, having served in a management position within the SEC, Jay understands the nice privilege and accountability we have now as a member of this glorious convention. It is thrilling to have Jay becoming a member of the Gators.”
Jacobs, who spent 30-plus years in Auburn’s athletic division — together with the final 13 years because the Tigers’ AD — will change Mike Hill, who was named Charlotte’s new AD in February. Along with serving as a member of the senior govt workers, Jacobs will oversee the communications, advertising, ticketing and GatorVision departments.
“Some individuals are lucky to say they’re coming residence as soon as of their careers, now I’m fortunate sufficient to say it twice,” Jacobs said in a statement. “Having attended highschool in Jacksonville, I am honored and privileged to hitch the UAA and proceed to work within the nation’s finest convention within the SEC. I’m wanting ahead to working with Scott Stricklin and the remainder of the workers to assist serve the Gator student-athletes, coaches and followers of the Gator Nation.”
Jacobs introduced his resignation as Auburn’s AD in November and stepped down in late January. Former Buffalo AD Allen Greene was employed to switch him.
Jacobs’ tenure, whereas principally profitable, was not with out controversy. Auburn’s males’s basketball program was concerned in final yr’s FBI investigation into the game. Former affiliate head basketball coach Chuck Individual was indicted on federal bribery, conspiracy and fraud expenses and finally fired by Auburn in October. There was additionally a Title IX investigation into the softball program that led to the workers of former head coach Clint Myers leaving the varsity.
Jacobs turned Auburn’s 14th AD in January 2005 and his 13-year tenure was the third longest at school historical past. Throughout that span, 5 completely different groups gained 12 nationwide championships at Auburn and the varsity collected 25 convention championships. The division’s income additionally grew from $57.three million in 2005 to $147.5 million in 2017.
Jacobs was named the 2017 NACDA/Underneath Armour Athletics Director of the Yr and was one in every of 5 finalists for the 2017 Sports activities Enterprise Journal Athletics Director of the Yr.