Will change at the top impact Auburn athletics?

In May of 2013, Auburn President Jay Gogue put together a six-person committee to evaluate the school’s athletic department.

At the time, Auburn’s three major sports had a combined SEC record of 16-40 in football, men’s basketball and baseball over the previous year. Although Gogue did not mention any specific recommendations for improvement, his letter to Auburn supporters ended with this:

“There’s much to celebrate about Auburn Athletics, but there’s also room for substantial improvement. I look forward to Jay providing the leadership needed to make the necessary improvements.”

Jay would be Jay Jacobs, Auburn’s athletic director then and now. So, how have things gone since that report in 2013?

Auburn is a combined 59-109 in SEC play in the three major sports. Word is that Gogue is set to announce his retirement at next week’s board of trustees meeting.

Will his retirement have any other impact on the hierarchy of Auburn athletics? Or should it? I’d love to hear your opinion.

For Threaded Fasteners, I’m Randy Kennedy with Nuts and Bolts of the Game.