AUBURN - Athletics director Jay Jacobs has the strong support of Auburn president Jay Gogue and will be heavily involved in the decision whether to keep Gene Chizik as head coach and in the search for a successor if the decision is made to replace Chizik.
Auhurn athletics director Jay Jacobs/Todd Van Emst photo
After next Saturday's Iron Bowl, Jacobs will make a recommendation to Gogue, who has said privately he will give strong weight to Jacobs' recommendation.
Jacobs, Auburn's athletics director since December 2004, hired Chizik in December 2008 to replace Tommy Tuberville. After Auburn won the national championship in 2010, Jacobs negotiated a new contract that included a $10 million buyout. That buyout will be $7.5 million on Dec. 1.
Auburn is mired in its worst season since 1952 and will take a 2-8 record into Saturday's game against Alabama A&M at Jordan-Hare Stadium. It is 0-7 in the Southeastern Conference for the first time since 1952 and has lost nine consecutive SEC games. Since winning the 2010 national championship, Auburn is 10-13 overall and 4-11 in the SEC.
In the past two seasons, Auburn has been outscored 83-7 by Georgia, 57-20 by LSU and 62-21 by Arkansas. It lost 42-14 to Alabama at home last season and will be a five-touchdown underdog at Bryant-Denny Stadium next week.
In its last two SEC games, both at home, Auburn has lost 38-0 to Georgia and 63-21 to Texas A&M. In both games, the opposing coaches played their starting quarterbacks just one series in the second half. Georgia threw just one pass in the second half.
According to visiting recruits, Auburn coaches have assured them that they expect to be back next season.
The Board of Trustees will meet Friday morning in Auburn in a regularly scheduled meeting. Both Gogue and Jacobs will attend. Football is not on an agenda, but there is a proposed executive session at which Chizik's status could be discussed.