AD Jacobs Discusses Baseball's "Tough Year"

Auburn's athletic director, Jay Jacobs, discusses Sunny Gollloway's disappointing season coaching the baseball Tigers.

Auburn, Ala.--Athletic Director Jay Jacobs said on Thursday he is hopeful that better days are on the horizon for the Auburn University baseball team, which won just 10 of 30 games under the direction of first-year AU head coach Sunny Golloway.

Commenting on the season, which ended with a 28-28 record and no postseason play for the Tigers, Jacobs said it was a "tough year" for Auburn baseball.

Prior to the start of the season Golloway said he liked the team's talent and that the goal was not only to reach postseason play, the Tigers were competing to earn a spot in the College World Series that is played annually in Omaha.

"We were disappointed in the season, but he's putting a foundation in," Jacobs said. "When Pat Dye came in 1981, he won five ball games, but he put a foundation in. Bruce (Pearl) will do the same thing. He'll put a foundation in. And that's what Sunny's doing."

Dye was a former head coach of the football Tigers while Pearl was hired this spring to lead the men's basketball program.

Jacobs cited Golloway's success at Oklahoma, where he complied a 346-181-1 record in nine seasons as head coach, as evidence that the coach will turn the Auburn program around.

"He knows what winning's all about," Jacobs said. "He was a winner. That's why I hired him. He won consistently at Oklahoma and he'll win here.

"He'll get his system in place and his players in place," added Jacobs. "My goal here is to win championships, and that's Sunny's goal and Gus' goal (football coach Gus Malzahn) and Bruce's goal and Clint's (softball coach Clint Myers) goal and Flo's goal (women's basketball coach Terri Williams-Flournoy)--that is everybody's goal to win championships."

Golloway was hired last June after the Tigers fired John Pawlowski.

After the final game of the season, Golloway said that he understood it was difficult on the surface to see that the program he is trying to rebuild at Auburn will be a successful one.

"The foundation which we built, it didn't show up in wins or losses," Golloway said after his team was swept by LSU. "I know what we've done, and I know what we're building, and I know how we're building it. If you want to be a really good program for years to come, you've got to build a foundation."

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