Parsing Jay Jacobs statement to the Auburn Family on the end of Gene Chizik and future of Tiger football

H ere is Jay Jacobs statement to the Auburn family including a translation of what he really means:

Dear Auburn Family,

First and foremost, I want to take this opportunity to thank those of you who have reached out to me in recent days and weeks to express your concerns about our football program. You are the best fans in the country, and I appreciate your passion and love for Auburn University.

Dear people who call themselves my family but asked for Auburn to fire me,

Suck it. I am staying as Athletic Director.

We have talked a lot in recent years about building the foundation it takes to consistently compete at a high level in the nation’s toughest conference. Despite substantial investment in personnel and facilities made possible by your support, the football program did not live up to our expectations. The results of the 2012 football season are simply unacceptable at Auburn.

Renting a JUCO quarterback did not work out as well as head coach Pat Dye, errr, Gene Chizik thought. Our investment did not attract as many additional top end players we needed to run the gimmick offense we installed on the recommendation of head coach Pat Dye, errr Gene Chizik.

After suffering some tough losses in a transition year in 2011, we had hoped our team would show improvement this season. Unfortunately, it has not. The competition in our league is fierce and is currently at an all-time high, and we cannot risk falling further behind by waiting another year and hoping for improvement.

Patience ain’t part of the Auburn Creed.

That is why after careful consideration and a thorough evaluation of our football program, I have recommended that Coach Gene Chizik not be retained. President Gogue has accepted my recommendation. Earlier this morning, I informed Coach Chizik that he will not return as head coach.

After careful thought, I decided to save my ass and fire Gene Chizik as head football coach of Auburn University. Family, etc. etc. etc.

My primary consideration in making this recommendation was doing what is in the best interests of our current student-athletes and the future of our football program. That has always been my top priority, and it always will be.

Big donors threatened to take their dollars elsewhere. My highest priority is to keep the cash flowing to guarantee the future of Auburn football.

While I am disappointed that Coach Chizik’s career here has come to an end we will long cherish the memories of our first National Championship in 53 years. Gene and his staff will always be a part of the Auburn Family, and we wish them and their families the best.

Gene and his staff are still like family. Like that weird brother-in-law you don’t ever talk about.

This season demonstrated that we need a different direction to get where we want to go. We will move as quickly as possible in our search for a new Head Coach, guided by the benchmarks President Gogue and I expect. Those benchmarks are a track record as a proven winner, a commitment to playing within the rules and student-athlete academic success.

The only job requirements are a willingness to take orders from Auburn president Pat Dye, errr, Jay Gogue, and beat Alabama football coach Nick Saban.

I am pleased to announce that we have put together an outstanding search committee to find our next head coach. The committee consists of several great Auburn leaders who share our commitment to competing at the highest level and who understand what it takes to succeed at Auburn. I am honored that Mac Crawford, Bo Jackson and Pat Sullivan have agreed to join our efforts to find the best coach possible for our student-athletes, the students of Auburn University and the Auburn Family. I’m proud to be part of this distinguished group.

Yeah, I know we should have named Pat Sullivan coach years ago.

A press conference will be held later today to formally announce this change. In the days ahead, you can expect rumors to swirl and inaccurate reports to surface about who is under consideration to be our next Head Coach. That is the nature of coaching searches at this level. I will not respond to rumors or speculative reports during the search process, but I do look forward to announcing our new Head Coach once the search is complete.

I regret that the Auburn Family, and especially our season ticket holders and Tigers Unlimited donors, have had to endure a frustrating and difficult season. You expect and deserve better.

It is time to heal and turn the page to the next chapter of Auburn football. It is time to pull together and forge ahead to the brighter future that awaits us.

We have endured tough times before, and we have always emerged stronger. I have no doubt that will be our course once again.

God Bless and War Eagle!

Yada, yada, yada, we can’t keep up with Nick Saban so we are going to try something different. Oh, and please nobody ask about the NCAA investigation.

Your pal in God and Family,
Jay

7 Responses to “Parsing Jay Jacobs statement to the Auburn Family on the end of Gene Chizik and future of Tiger football” Subscribe

  1. tblakney November 25, 2012 at 3:17 pm #

    How long will it take before al.dumb to start saying the new coarch is just like Saban in so many ways lie scabs did with chiz?????

  2. MontanaTrace November 25, 2012 at 3:41 pm #

    Steve S. and John G. are fighting over AU. Too early to choose. Obviously, this will be a high paying job.

  3. BamaBrando November 25, 2012 at 4:53 pm #

    Is there a reason why they left Pat Dye off of the search committee? They named their field after him, and he speaks on Auburns behalf more than anyone else. They should really let him be more involved.

    • finebammer November 25, 2012 at 9:16 pm #

      “………Pat Dye off of the search committee?”

      he’s there. his name is ‘bo’

      • BamaBrando November 26, 2012 at 4:45 pm #

        Of course I was being facetious… could we get so lucky to keep Pat Dye at Auburn meddling around with their football program?

  4. Elmo November 26, 2012 at 12:28 am #

    I think that Dye’s credibility has taken a serious blow …… with his backing of Chizik ….. until 2 weeks ago….. there are several factions trying to get power …… The question is …. who has the power ? That is unclear right now and this “search” committee does not have the power to impose anything…… I will agree …. that the committee can block who they don’t want…… I say Petrino in the end… because Gus is tainted and the rest is just trying to leverage their situations…… Bobby and his old lady can cry a river and that good christian charity for second chances….. and the fact that he has the only “wow” factor …… to be had on the cheap for sure. They know Bobby well. Common sense and cents will win the day cuz.

  5. The Conduit November 26, 2012 at 8:44 am #

    I think the most important thing to remember here is ZERO POINTS.

    Seriously, it seems Auburn knew long ago Chizik would lose his job and it would become official, well, when?

    I know. Why not after the Iron Bowl shutout? That way we can at least prevent a few murders in Opelika from furious Auburn fans.

    And now the hopes rise. We don’t need victories, we need hope! We don’t need wins, we need fambly! 2013 is our time!

    Oh, or maybe 2013 will be a “rebuilding year.”

    2014 we’ll get even better!

    Yeah, can’t get much worse.

    Hope. It’s been mostly missing at Auburn while it flows like a Crimson river in Tuscaloosa. I won’t speculate on the next Auburn coach but the $11+ million it cost Auburn to make the decision to fire Chizik and his assistants this year is a bit of a surprise. Not much of a surprise, but just a little surprise. Bigger than zero (ahhhhh, zero), but still little.

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