BY AARON BRENNER | firstname.lastname@example.org
AUBURN, Ala. – While Auburn’s football coaches have commanded some of the largest salaries in the country, the man signing off on those contracts shades closer to the bottom of the SEC salary pack.
Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs collects the 10th-largest total paycheck among his SEC peers and ranks No. 29 nationally, according to USA Today’s database released Wednesday.
Following his reconfigured contract the summer of 2011, after the Tigers’ football national championship, Jacobs’ yearly take is $615,000 before potential performance bonuses and incentives, which can’t exceed $150,000 annually.
Jacobs is just ahead of Alabama’s Mal Moore ($600,500 total pay) and Georgia’s Greg McGarity ($525,000) on the money list. Vanderbilt’s David Williams, who fills other roles including vice chancellor and tenured law professor, is the NCAA’s best-compensated AD at a reported $3.24 million per year.
Florida’s Jeremy Foley, Arkansas’ Jeff Long, Tennessee’s Dave Hart Jr. and Texas A&M’s Eric Hyman also eclipse $750,000. Mississippi State’s Scott Stricklin and Ole Miss’ Ross Bjork are the only SEC Ads at less than half a million dollars.
Jacobs, hired as athletic director on Dec. 22, 2004 with two decades of experience in the Auburn department, counts the improvement of athletic facilities and assorted athletic and business ventures as his progressions.
A former football walk-on and two-year offensive tackle letterman at Auburn (1982-83), Jacobs has come under fire in some fan circles for the recent shortcomings of Auburn football and men’s basketball.
Sandwiching the 2010 national title, he fired Tommy Tuberville in 2008 and Gene Chizik in 2012, and is also counting on his own men’s and women’s basketball coach hires within the past three years.