Really, what more needs to be said about Florida’s decision to hire former Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs as Executive Associate Athletic Director than what Scott Stricklin says?
“Florida Athletics is fortunate to have someone of Jay’s caliber joining the UAA,” Stricklin said. “His character, vision, experience and ability to connect with people will be tremendous assets to our department. Additionally, having served in a leadership role in the SEC, Jay understands the great privilege and responsibility we have as a member of this wonderful conference. It’s exciting to have Jay joining the Gators.”
In case you need a quick reminder of what “Jay’s caliber” is really like — and evidently Stricklin desperately needs one — here’s a sampling of Jacobs’ latest and greatest hits:
- He lied about an Auburn softball coach under investigation, in a way so egregious that Auburn’s own associate athletic director was forced to acknowledge it was misleading.
- He was part of an organized process by Auburn’s administration to create easy academic routes for student-athletes.
- He resigned “amid scandals within the softball program, basketball program and a federal lawsuit involving a former track employee”.
Of course, he’s got a retirement deal that pays him more than half a million a year, so at least he’s working cheap these days. Then again, what’s the old saw about getting what you pay for?
The SEC, where recycling hacks just means more.