The Jay Jacobs era at Auburn is coming to an end.
The Tigers athletic director announced Friday in an official statement that he will be stepping down from his role on June 1, 2018 or earlier if a replacement is found.
Jacobs cited recent controversies as having a negative impact on the athletic department and believes new leadership will be best for the university.
"The last several months have been a particularly difficult time," Jacobs said. "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."
Jacobs was named athletic director in 2005 after serving multiple roles within the athletic department since 1991.
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