Jacobs, a former walk-on football offensive lineman for Coach Pat Dye in the 1980s, got the call over Dan Radakovich of LSU, the senior associate athletics director at LSU. Greg McGarity, who is associate athletic director for internal affairs at the University of Florida, and former AU football kicker Scott Etheridge, a television executive with NBC, were the other finalists.
Jacobs, the 14th athletic director in Auburn's history, takes over for David Housel, who is leaving his post at the end of the calendar year. Jacobs will direct a program that fields 21 intercollegiate teams and has a budget of $47 million.
"I am extremely excited about the opportunity of directing Auburn's athletic program," Jacobs says. "We have a great tradition of success here and I look forward to helping Auburn continue to achieve positive results on the playing field and in the classroom."
Richardson says, "The search for an athletic director attracted a number of very qualified candidates, making this a difficult decision. I believe that Jay's experience with Auburn athletics, his tenure with Tigers Unlimited and his strong desire to serve the University as athletic director are solid indicators of the skills and leadership he will draw on in guiding athletics. I look forward to his every success."
Working for Tigers Unlimited, the athletic department's fundraising group, he has directed an operation that raised approximately $60 million in gifts in the last three years. He is currently involved in a $90 million capital campaign.
Jacobs, a native of LaFayette, has worked at the Auburn athletic department as associate athletic director for operations from 1994-2001 and assistant athletic director for support services (1991-94). He graduated in 1985 and began working at AU the same year as the assistant strength and conditioning coach. After serving two seasons (1986-87) as a graduate football coach, he was named conditioning coach, a position he held for three years from 1988-91 under Dye.
Jacobs earned master's degree in business administration from Auburn in 1988, respectively. He is married to the former Angie Sapp of Dublin, Ga. The couple has three daughters, Haley, Meagan and Jaynie.