Auburn football: Gus Malzahn thanks outgoing athletic director Jay Jacobs

AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn football coach Gus Malzahn wrapped up his weekly press conference Tuesday by expressing his thanks for outgoing athletic director Jay Jacobs.

“I appreciate Jay giving me this opportunity,” Malzahn said. “He hired me as the head coach.”

Jacobs announced last Friday afternoon he would step down as Auburn’s athletic director by June 1, 2018 unless the university hires his replacement earlier.

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“The last several months have been a particularly difficult time,” Jacobs said in a statement. “Across several sports, a series of controversies have arisen. They have begun to take their toll and have raised questions about why Auburn must endure such problems. As I have always done, I have worked my hardest and best to do what is right for Auburn.

“I believe in Auburn and will fight for Auburn. But as I consider the future and what is best for Auburn, I have prayerfully decided the time has come for me to step aside. Sometimes a new direction and new leadership are helpful in moving beyond current problems.”

Malzahn was Jacobs’ second head coaching hire for football in his 13-year tenure.

The former Auburn walk-on lineman replaced Tommy Tuberville with Gene Chizik, who hired Malzahn as his offensive coordinator in 2009. When Chizik was fired after the 2012 season, Jacobs hired Malzahn, who spent that year as the head coach at Arkansas State.

“He’s done a lot for the university and loves Auburn,” Malzahn said Tuesday. “And I wish him nothing but the best moving forward.”

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