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Auburn president supports athletics director, says improvements needed

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AUBURN, Ala. -

Auburn University president Dr. Jay Gogue issued an open letter addressed to the Auburn Family, in which he offered support of Auburn athletics director Jay Jacobs.

The letter comes at the conclusion of an external review of the AU athletics department. While Dr. Gogue supports Jacobs, he does say improvements are needed, including interaction and communication "with fans and alumni," and the Auburn game-day experience.

Dr. Gogue's letter can be read in full below:

 


 

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!

Jay Gogue

Jonathan Huskey

Jonathan comes to News 3 from Fort Smith/Fayetteville, Ark., where he anchored weekends and reported during the week on some of the best high school sports in the state. More>>

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