'Let's get going:' Auburn athletics director Jay Jacobs ready to move forward after 'tough' year

The last year was not Jay Jacobs' toughest at Auburn, but it was certainly one of the most dramatic.

At the end of the academic year, the Auburn athletics director is still standing -- and with three big hires by his side -- following one of the stormiest football seasons and most controversial springs in recent memory.

"It was tough," Jacobs told AL.com during a 30-minute interview Tuesday. "But my toughest year since I've been here was when I walked on (to the football team) in 1981. That was the toughest year and I learned from that. Perseverance and hard work and doing what's right pays off."

The Tigers suffered through their worst season in 60 years, finishing 3-9 with zero SEC wins. Jacobs fired Gene Chizik the day after a 49-0 loss in the Iron Bowl -- and some fans voiced displeasure with Jacobs' leadership, which was approaching its eight-year anniversary.

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