AUBURN, Ala. (EETV) - For many Auburn fans, the reason Jay Jacobs is still employed at Auburn is a mystery.
This week, Auburn Athletics suffered its second scandal in as many months. The arrest of Chuck Person on federal bribery charges coupled with sexual abuse allegations made by a former softball player has landed Jacobs in the hot seat.
In the days following the softball scandal, The Auburn Plainsman wrote an editorial titled "For the good of Auburn, Jay Jacobs Should Go."
This editorial mirrored the sentiment of many Auburn faithful following years of substandard administration in the department.
Jacobs hires as Athletic Director include: Former softball coach Clint Myers, former baseball coach Sunny Galloway, current baseball coach Butch Thompson, current Basketball coach Bruce Peral, former basketball coach Tony Barbee, current women's Basketball coach Terri Williams-Flournoy, former football coach Gene Chizik.
Under Jacobs leadership, three of the school's prominent programs have been involved in major scandals.
Following the arrest of Person, Auburn fans took to Twitter pleading with Auburn President Dr. Steven Leath to fire Jacobs.
Following the arrest of Person, President Leath said, "We have suspended Coach Person without pay effective immediately. We are committed to playing by the rules, and that’s what we expect from our coaches."
Many Auburn fans gave Leath their input on how the situation should be handled
Ryan Lavoie hosts WEGL's The Fast Break, "The fan base is ready for a change. Jay has had minor successes mixed with a lot of failure and investigations."
Many have said following this second scandal, this becomes an issue of institutional control.
This makes 3 programs that have shown a LOIC & yet you continue to allow @jayjacobsauad to remain employed. Must b nice to be a paid puppet— Andy Shaddix (@Zifnab316) September 27, 2017
"I agree with fans that question Jacobs control of the department," says Lavoie, "It is questionable, I don't know of another program that has had as many different sports in trouble in such a short amount of time. "
In fairness to Jacobs, he has seen some success in his time at Auburn. In 2010 the football team won the National Championship, in 2015 gymnastics made it to the super six and in 2016 soccer made it to the elite eight for the first time in program history.