I’m not holding Auburn up as a paragon of virtue here, but the contrast between Jay Jacobs and Greg McGarity is jarring.
“Whatever it takes,” Jacobs said. “That’s what my role is with Gus and Bruce (Pearl) and all those guys. It’s ‘What do you need to be successful?’ Then I go out and get it for them.”
Muschamp’s contract is for three years and thought to be for $1.6 million per year, maybe even a little north of that. It will make him the highest paid assistant coach in the college game, moving the needle higher for the next prominent coordinator’s job.
“I’m comfortable,” Jacobs said. “The money we’ve been able to put in reserve – almost $30 million over the last 10 years – I’m real comfortable. We’re one of the few schools in the nation that sold out every game. This team played in front of a sellout audience every game.”
Football, Jacobs said, is important to Auburn people. As a former offensive lineman, a starter for the 1983 SEC champions, it’s important to him.
“That’s why I’m going to make doggone sure Gus has what he needs to compete at the highest level,” Jacobs said, “because that’s what we all expect.”
Again, it’s not about Georgia being Auburn. (In some ways, though – sellout crowds, big money put in reserve – it is.) But there’s got to be a happy medium between the two approaches, doesn’t there?