Jay Jacobs, feelin’ it

If you’re wanting a little taste of what Greg McGarity might sound like should the day come when Kirby Smart gets things rolling a little, Auburn’s athletic director is here to smugly tell one and all he knew things were good all along.

Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs told USA TODAY Sports the 1-2 start “was an odd time,” while noting both Clemson and Texas A&M were highly ranked. Jacobs said he heard the noise from frustrated fans — but doesn’t hear much anymore.

“It’s gotten deathly quiet,” Jacobs said Sunday afternoon. “In my role and in Gus’ role, you don’t listen to that. You take care of what’s inside the house. And inside the house, everybody’s been marching to the beat of the same drummer. I’m just glad to know that Gus and these coaches have helped these players find their identity.

“It took us two or three games to find out exactly what it was. Now we know it’s downhill, old-fashioned, run-the-ball and playing Southeastern Conference, Auburn defense…”

Well, and maybe one other little thing.

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UPDATE:  Big Jay may not have been listening to criticism, but it’s hard to believe he was ignoring that Auburn sold out a home game for just the second time this season.

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34 responses to “Jay Jacobs, feelin’ it

  1. 81Dog

    It seems like Auburn plays about 10 home games a year. Most years, it seems like UGA plays about 2 home games in September, then one a month for the rest of the year.

    Of course, the athletic department at UGA makes visitors feel so welcome, and well cared for, and that goes a long way towards making me feel better about the long breaks between home games.

    Sigh.

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    • Mayor

      Auburn plays 8 home games this season and a total of 9 within the state of Alabama. That is what happens when (1) you have an AD who is not a complete idiot and (2) your team is not tied in annually to play one of its games away on a “neutral site” that is really the other team’s second home field.

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      • GADawg

        With all due respect, a field 20 minutes from our border, that we play at every year (twice in 2015), split 50-50% isn’t exactly a burden, IMO.

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        • Mayor

          Clemson is only 30 miles into South Carolina and only 72 miles from Athens. I guess whenever we play Clemson it should always be in Clemson.

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  2. Alabama is going to beat them senseless. Of course, right now, they’re going to manhandle us.

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  3. 92 grad

    I tend to listen for character in people. Whenever someone says “oh yea, we knew we were on the right track all along” it’s bullshit. Every time.

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  4. sniffer

    FWIW, my brother-in-law, an AU grad, had this observation. Last year, Muschamp and Robinson clearly didn’t want to be there and D Craig didn’t get along well with Lashlee. These guys have moved on and things have been more harmonious on the coaching staff.

    Also, maybe it has taken Malzhan this amount of time to figure out how to be a winning head coach. (Shudder at the thought)

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  5. ATL Dawg

    Ticket demand for football (both college and pro) peaked a few years ago. It will continue to slowly erode as the years go on.

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    • The problem is that the powers that be seem to think football tickets are like cigarettes that they can continue to raise the price and still have the same demand like in the days when your team only showed up on TV a couple of times per year. They have a fundamental problem now in that they haven’t figured out how to compete with Section HD.

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  6. So they were going to scapegoat Lashlee so they could fire him at the end of the year and hire Briles as OC (or some nonsense). Then Lashlee turns around and snatches the rabbit’s foot back from Booch. Sounds about right.

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  7. Will Trane

    Many of us wonder why UGA has a football stadium. Never play there anymore. Thanks to the wine and cheese crowd in the B-M brain trust complex.
    Bet that is the best turf in the South. Nobody ever gets on it.

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    • Mayor

      Will, best point you ever made on this blog. There is a loss of opportunity cost when UGA fails to use Sanford Stadium that never gets factored in to the $$ discussions, particularly when discussing the WLOCP. We have this giant 90,000+ seat facility and yet we hold the WLOCP game in a 72,000 seat facility every year because the city of Jacksonville bribes us to do so. Anyone ever think about the $$ lost to UGA by not selling 18,000 seats every other year, not to mention the amortization of $$ spent to build and maintain the stadium without it being used? I’m betting that we really don’t make more money by playing the game in JAX over playing home and away and even if we do it is not as much as the boneheads at B-M think. What a waste.

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      • Anyone ever think about the $$ lost to UGA by not selling 18,000 seats every other year, not to mention the amortization of $$ spent to build and maintain the stadium without it being used?

        UGA makes more money playing in Jax than playing home and home and stadium maintenance is something of a fixed cost, no matter the number of home games. That being said, the school doesn’t have an expenditure every other year for security and clean up expenses as a result of this.

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        • Otto

          Further travel times for the UGA team and UF team are about the same as UGA flies from Athens and UF takes the bus.

          Smart was also on WSB this AM stating that Jax was an atmosphere to sell recruits which other programs do not have.

          http://onlineathens.com/sports/college-sports/2016-03-15/georgia-and-florida-sign-term-sheet-extend-annual-game-jacksonville

          Georgia nets about $2.4 million from the Jacksonville game or about $5 million every two years. That’s about $2 million more than Georgia would get for a home-and-home series with Florida.

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          • Mayor

            If Georgia nets $2.4 Mil per year that is $4.8 Mil over 2 years not $5 Mil. Plus how much money is the empty stadium worth? Amortizing that stadium cost split over 7-8 game opportunities (1 lost home game every other year) how much has been lost? Millions of dollars over the years that’s how much. We have a stadium that cost HUNDREDS of millions of dollars to build and we let it sit idle one week every 2 years for a $2.4 Mil bribe. Not to mention that if the Jacksonville Municipal Stadium (or whatever name they are using this month) is 18,000 seats smaller than Sanford that translates into a lot fewer Dawg fans seeing their team play by going to Jacksonville. It is a bad deal for Georgia over all, but I can see if someone is of the B-M mindset (“money above all other things”) they would like it because it appears to get more money into B-M. My points are: (1) It isn’t that much more money if it even really is more money if you apply accounting principles and (2) money isn’t supposed to be the most important thing any way–winning championships is supposed to be the most important thing. Have you ever thought about the fact that, because of the JAX game, every other year the Dawgs only get 3 SEC home games? If you accept my premise that playing in JAX is NOT really a home game even when they say it is, Georgia has 3 SEC home games and 5 SEC away games every other season. How good are the Dawgs chances for winning the SEC in those years? Is it an advantage to Georgia? If the answer is no, then why in the hell do we do it? But every time I bring that up one of the WLOCP defenders says something like “home field advantage doesn’t mean anything.” Huh?

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        • MEd_Dawg

          “clean up expenses” … Funny, reminds me of the time after the 2010 UGA/UT game. Lived in Winterville at the time and my brother and his wife were in town visiting. We saw a line of folks at the gate behind Tate (where I used to work …best time ever) and got in line thinking it was something special. Spent the next two hours walking around the stadium with my wife, brother and sister-in-law and a white bucket picking up trash from the game. Special indeed.

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