From Trussville Tribune staff reports
AUBURN — Auburn University Athletic Director Jay Jacobs has announced his plan to step down, according to a letter written by him on AuburnTigers.com.
Jacobs says in the letter he informed Auburn President Dr. Steven Leath earlier this week of his intention to step down on June 1, 2018, or sooner if the university has found a successor.
“Expectations are high at Auburn – they should be,” Jacobs states in the letter. “As the Director of Athletics, I have the responsibility for managing 250 tremendous members of our staff who are responsible and accountable to the 567 student-athletes who wear the Auburn uniform. When something goes wrong, it is my responsibility. I have always known that. I have always accepted that.
The university has faced several scandals over the past few months, including a case by the FBI against assistant basketball coach Chuck Person, a wrongful termination lawsuit brought forth by former AU baseball coach Sunny Golloway and a Title IX investigation based on allegations made by Auburn softball players of abuse and sexual harassment.
Jacobs has been the Athletic Director at Auburn since Dec. 22, 2004.