Auburn student newspaper calls for the firing of athletic director Jay Jacobs

Former Auburn softball coach Clint Myers and his one-time assistant and son, Corey Myers, are no longer with the program. However, the cloud hanging over the entire school hasn’t gone anywhere.

Auburn’s student newspaper, The Auburn Plainsman, published a piece written by its editorial board calling for the ouster of athletic director Jay Jacobs and athletics executive associate director and senior women’s administrator Meredith Jenkins.

Here’s part of the article from The Plainsman:

“Ostensibly, Jacobs’ lack of action throughout the year was an effort to try to protect the softball players, whom he cast as his daughters in his damage-control letter, which not only was sent to  The Plainsman but athletic boosters, too, who must undoubtedly have their own concerns.

But good intentions aside, Jacob’s handling of the allegations has been at best negligent and at worst crooked, and he needs to step down or be removed from his position so Auburn can move forward. Jenkins, who appears not to have done her job as an advocate for victims, should go with him.”

ESPN’s report on Aug. 27 that revealed a 14-page letter sent by attorney Martin Greenberg, working on behalf of former Auburn softball player Alexa Nemeth, to school officials and Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has brought plenty of unrest to the university.

The letter alleged that the Auburn coaching staff was abusive, had a pattern of sexual harassment and that there were concerns about a cover-up by the administration.

That letter was sent a month before the sudden resignation of Clint Myers, whose son had resigned on March 30 during the season. It claimed that on March 30, “several players approached Head Coach Myers with proof in the form of text messages from a student-athlete’s cell phone that Coach Corey was having an inappropriate relationship with one of the student-athletes.”

Multiple current and former players were quoted, pointing out inappropriate sexual behavior and an attempt to keep those actions secret.

Here’s more from The Plainsman:

“Even if the athletics director wasn’t directly involved, they’re still called to solve these issues as soon as they can. Instead, Jacobs let this situation drag on for nearly a year before the two coaches were allowed to resign and retire, without a word from the Athletics Department acknowledging what happened.”

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