Auburn committee completes review


A six-person committee has completed a review of Auburn's athletic department, and while it discovered that changes need to be made, it's confident athletic director Jay Jacobs can make the appropriate changes.

"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," committee member Mac Crawford said Monday in a statement released through the university. "Now it's time to move forward, get to work, and become even more successful. Dr. Gogue has listened to our recommendations, and I think that's good news for Auburn and for Auburn athletics."

The university plans to release more details about what sort of changes will be made. Jacobs is meeting with the Auburn Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday to give it an update on the state of Auburn athletics.

Auburn president Jay Gogue said the review looked at academic and support services for student-athletes, financial management, customer service, competition and management structure.

Two years removed from winning the BCS national championship, Auburn's football team finished last in the SEC in 2012. The Tigers went 3-9 last season, including going 0-8 in SEC play and 0-5 against Top 25 teams. Auburn's poor showing on the field resulted in the firing of coach Gene Chizik, who coached Auburn's 2010 national championship team.

The men's basketball team was equally as bad, finishing last in the SEC with a 9-23 record. The basketball team won just three SEC games last year and hasn't had a winning season since 2008.

Gogue said the goal is improve the operations of the athletic department and the communication with fans and alumni. He'd also like to add to the game-day experience.