Jay Jacobs speaks
- ... he really likes Jeff Lebo as a person.
- ... he informed Lebo around noon, less than an hour after most of the team flew home from Nashville.
- ... he is considering all candidates that are interested in this job.
- ... he doesn't consider head-coach experience a requirement.
- ... he is planning to pay the next coach a salary that's commensurate with other SEC coaches. Lebo made approximately $750,000. Most league coaches are above $1 million.
- ... he has a short list of candidates.
- ... he may or may not hire a consulting firm.
- ... he doesn't expect to hire someone quickly. The NCAA Tournament may be a hindrance from a hiring perspective and the Final Foul is the perfect place to find a coach. They're all there.
- ... he wants a coach who's willing to market and promote the program.
- ... he believes Auburn basketball is capable of winning championships. Plural.
- ... the school's exclusive deal with Under Armour will prohibit the next coach from signing shoe deals with Nike or adidas. That could be a sticking point.
- ... he wasn't sure how the next coach would be affected by Auburn's voluntary ban on influential AAU sponsor Mark Komara. Lebo spoke often about how that situation was a major recruiting hindrance.
- ... an Auburn official (Bernard Hill) is in the process of talking with the signees and explaining the situation to them.
- "I just believe we can win championships. I believe we ought to be playing for championships and it doesn 't matter to me what the sport is. I believe we better be playing for championships and graduating our student-athletes. I believe that's what the Auburn people expect and me being one of the, I expect that."
- ``There's nothing about this decision that was easy. It doesn't matter what the factors are. When you are going to impact a program and families' lives and children that go to school, my children's lives, there's nothing easy. But at the end of the day, I've got to put personal feelings aside, and I've got to be the athletic director and do what I think is best."
- On how the Under Armour deal affects things: ``The thing that is sometimes misunderstood. We still have the traditional way of recruiting student-athletes at the high school. Just because we can’t get to maybe a sports club or something like that or it’s perceived that we can’t, we still get to compete from a recruiting standpoint in the high schools with the high school coaches and with the mamas and daddies."