Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs made a rare media appearance Tuesday morning.
Jacobs visited WJOX-FM’s studio to do an interview on the station’s Opening Drive program hosted by Jay Barker and Al Del Greco. Del Greco is a former Auburn placekicker.
The 10-minute discussion centered on Jacobs’ future with the program and the football team’s struggles this season.
On his own future, Jacobs didn’t mince words.
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“I’m not retiring, stepping down,” Jacobs said. “I don’t have anything else I want to do right now. I love what I’m doing.”
Jacobs was hired as director of athletics for Auburn in December 2004 and doesn’t see his tenure ending anytime soon.
“I don’t have anything else planned,” Jacobs said of honoring his multi-year contract. “When you go 6-6 in football all kind of stuff pops out, all kind of rumors pop out.”
The speculation over Jacobs’ future bothers the athletic director less than the football team’s mediocre record.
“There is no excuse going 6-6 at Auburn even though you lost a couple games by one possession or less,” Jacobs said.
Jacobs stopped short of putting added pressure on Gus Malzahn’s shoulders. The pointed criticism was followed by an endorsement of the third-year coach.
“We have to have some consistency in what we're doing,” Jacbos said. “I know Gus is a proven guy that can get that done.”
For Jacobs, comparisons of this year’s team to 2012 when Auburn went 3-9 two years removed from winning a national title aren’t fair.
“In 2012, the guys just quit playing (for coach Gene Chizik),” Jacobs said. “This year we were in every game until the very end. How the players feel about him is really important to me as well. I know how we all feel about it as a man as a coach and as a very bright football coach, but how those players feel about him -- that's what I've seen. I've seen him continue to grow and keep learning, just like when he was back as a high school coach."
To listen to the full interview with Jacobs click here.