Review Committee Finishes, Gogue Supports AD

Athletic Director Jay Jacobs is expected to discuss changes in the works for the athletic department after receiving an endorsement from AU president Jay Gogue and committee member Mac Crawford.

Auburn, Ala.--Dr. Jay Gogue, Auburn University's president, announced on Monday that a committee reviewing the performance of the AU athletic department has finished its assignment.

Athletic Director Jay Jacobs is expected to discuss details of the report and the department's plans for implementing the recommendations at a speech to the Auburn Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday.

Jay Gogue

The university is coming to the close of what has been a down athletic year for many of its teams. The major revenue producer, football, won just three games in what was the worst season in more than a half century.

The number two revenue producing program, men's basketball, also finished with a losing season. Unless the baseball team is a surprise winner in next week's SEC Tournament, Auburn will go an entire year without winning a team conference championship, something that hasn't happened in nearly two decades.

Members of the review committee include two former AU football players, Quentin Riggins and Mac Crawford. Riggins is vice president for governmental affairs at Alabama Power Company. Crawford is chairman of the board of CVS/Caremark and Caremark RX, Inc. He was on the search committee that recommended hiring Gus Malzahn as Auburn's head football coach.

Others on the committee include former Ole Miss athletic director Pete Boone, Oregon State special assistant to the athletic director Dave Maggard, LSU associate athletic director Judy Southard and senior A&T vice president John Irwin.

Crawford had this comment about his committee's work. "Our review shows that, overall, the Athletics Department is in good shape, but there are some areas where improvements can be made and our committee believes Jay Jacobs knows how to make those improvements.

"Now it's time to move forward, get to work, and become even more successful," Crawford added. "Dr. Gogue has listened to our recommendations and I think that's good news for Auburn and for Auburn Athletics."

The following is Dr. Gogue's letter:

Dear Auburn Family,

The committee I appointed to review operations of Auburn Athletics as part of the Department's annual evaluation has provided its findings. I'm grateful to members of the committee for their hard work, good thinking and dedication to helping Auburn Athletics move forward.

We asked the committee to review the Department's total body of work with a focus on five areas: academic and support services for student-athletes; financial management; customer service; competition, including winning, sportsmanship and compliance; and management structure.

Athletics Director Jay Jacobs and I have talked in length about their recommendations. In general, they center on steps to improve overall operations of the Department, upgrade how we interact and communicate with fans and alumni, and enhance the game-day experience, on and off the field. Jay will talk in more detail about what's in store, and I'm confident he will move forward to put in place a plan to give the Auburn family what we all expect.

There's much to celebrate about Auburn Athletics, but there's also room for substantial improvement. I look forward to Jay providing the leadership needed to make the necessary improvements.

War Eagle!

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