Editorial: The high cost of losing
by EDITORIAL BOARD
Feb 14, 2013 | 19032 views | 9 9 comments | 770 770 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Rachel Suhs / DESIGN EDITOR
Rachel Suhs / DESIGN EDITOR
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The Pope’s recent decision to step down has got us thinking. Does a man really need to have the same job for the rest of his life?

When it comes to Jay Jacobs, we don’t think so.

Jacobs has been athletic director since 2004, a tenure one year longer than the Pope, and his performance has left much to be desired. Sure, he hired Gene Chizik — that guy who got us a national championship — but one good year out of four lackluster or outright terrible seasons is not much to brag about.

We won’t go into detail about all the other coaches Jacobs has hired who are making sure we have an ample supply of losses.

They know who they are, especially basketball coach Tony Barbee, who told AL.com’s Joel Erikson he was “embarrassed” to coach the Tigers. No, this column is about Jacobs, the man behind the mediocrity.

In the SEC, and we would imagine all the other NCAA conferences agree, wins are all that matters. It’s not personal, but if you aren’t helping us win, then get out of the way.

Take the Pope for instance; he knows he can’t help anyone while he’s sick, so he makes way for someone who can.

Right now, Jacobs is our sick Pope. Unfortunately, he’s a little too comfortable in his gold throne at the athletic department.

Jacobs earns approximately $600,000 and can receive a max bonus of $150,000.

For what? Hiring losing coaches?

Schmoozing with SEC big wigs?

Near the end of last semester, we printed an editorial calling for Jacobs to be fired, and we aren’t backing down from that. We still stand by the notion that the ‘good-ole boy’ network, or the remnants of Pat Dye’s influence, needs to go away before our football program can truly compete with the likes of Bama. The athletic department needs a director that cares about wins, not honoring some archaic group of drinking buddies.

We like Pat Dye and are grateful for all he has done for the University, but it’s time to let go. The game has changed beyond recognition since he was coach. The SEC in 2013 is not the place for ancient traditions that hinder our ability to hire coaches that win.

Like we said, it’s not personal. Jacobs is a good guy. But nine years of subpar hiring decisions has made us tired and frustrated.

It’s time to make a change for the better.

We can’t be complacent and think Jacobs is the best man for the job simply because he’s the only one doing it. $600,000 is a lot of money to pay someone to be bad at their job.

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Jayjayisaloser
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February 16, 2013
Great article! Shouldn't JJ be held to the same standards he has held the coaches he has fired to? Of course! The time is way past due to get a competant, group of professionals running the athletic department. They all must go! Tim Jackson, Rich McGlynn, Meredith Jenkins, ALL MUST GO!
autigers289
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February 15, 2013
Great article about an issue that has been ignored for too long. Who else is to blame for the sad state of our 3 major athletics programs? Hopefully, Jacobs' tenure is nearing its end and will be let go as soon as he gets his Alabama state retirement, but its hard to tell with the complacency Jay Gouge has shown for athletics. Hopefully he is on borrowed time as well. People that have followed Auburn their entire lives see through the excuses for Jacobs' poor performance and know that Auburn expects more out of their athletics programs. "Auburn man" is such a poor excuse...this is a business, and the head man (assuming he is still making decisions) is clearly doing an very poor job overall.
AuburnDeservesBetter
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February 15, 2013
www.auburndeservesbetter.com
WSH
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February 15, 2013
Whats up with the censorship? What was wrong with my post?
WSH
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February 15, 2013
Nevermind, I see it.
iamroy
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February 15, 2013
Allow me a brief story if you will. I was a thte airport the night Gene Chizik was hired and was near the man who yelled out WE WANT A LEADER NOT A LOOSER. We were all angry but I told this man after Jay walked by that that is NOT the Auburn spirit, the Spirit would have clapped for Jay for trying hard which is what I DID and will do because Jay is an Auburn Man. I will miss Toomers when it's gone WDE -Roy

WSH
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February 15, 2013
Roy, would you keep an employee around your company that consistently has awful performance, simply because he loves where he works? I thought this was a practical world and that we're supposed to count on what we earn. Jay is not only not earning his paycheck but Auburn is suffering due to his leadership. In the practical real world, people are fired when their work is sub par. And JJ's lack of performance is far reaching and impacts many people at the University, the city of Auburn and beyond.
NovaSpirit
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February 15, 2013
While Roy seems to be happy with our University paying a man for "trying hard", I believe that our school should strive for excellence in every area. If someone is without the necessary acumen to perform at the highest level, it is incumbent on our leadership to find someone who can. Jay Jacobs continued employment in a position that he is clearly neither qualified for nor adept at is an indictment of Jay Gogue's leadership.

Since Sept 1, Auburn has played 30 SEC games in the major sports and won 5. We have steadily underperformed in the Learfield Directors Cup during Jacobs tenure. No compentent leader of any organization would continue to employ a man who so clearly can not live up to the standards of that organization.
iamroy
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February 20, 2013
If you would listen to what I said you will see that that was at the airport and of course today is a new day. I supported coach Chizik and I will support the Gus Bus because they are Auburn men of faith. Some of you need a refresher on the BARFIELD days. Jay Jacobs won me a national championship if you do remember