AUBURN, AL (WSFA) - Jay Jacobs announced Friday he will be stepping down as Auburn University's Director of Athletics.
Jacobs made the announcement in a column he writes, "A Word From Jay Jacobs."
"I have come to this decision after a lot of prayer, deliberative discussions with my wife, Angie, and with the realization that it is time for a new leader of an incredible Department," Jacobs wrote.
The full letter, written to the Auburn Family, can be seen below:
Jacobs will step down from the position June 1, 2018, or sooner if a successor is found.
President Steven Leath tweeted about Jacobs after the announcement. He said the university and the athletics department are better because of Jacobs' service and that Jacobs is an Auburn man "through and through."
Jacobs was named Auburn's 14th athletics director in December of 2004. He played football at Auburn as a walk-on under coach Pat Dye, and he earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees in business administration at the university in 1985 and 1988.
A bio on the Auburn Athletics website says Jacobs led Auburn athletic teams to 11 National Championships and 24 SEC Championships. He was also named a NACDA/UnderArmour Athletics Director of the Year in 2017.