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Auburn AD Jay Jacobs winning in 2013, on and off the field (letter to Georgia fan)

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A photo showing Auburn athletics director Jay Jacob's letter delivered at halftime of the Tigers' game last week to Mike Stinchcomb, a Georgia fan and major in the US Army. (Mike Stinchcomb/Facebook) A photo showing Auburn athletics director Jay Jacob's letter delivered at halftime of the Tigers' game last week to Mike Stinchcomb, a Georgia fan and major in the US Army. (Mike Stinchcomb/Facebook)

Auburn athletics director Jay Jacobs surprised a Georgia fan and major in the US Army last weekend when he had a letter delivered to him during halftime of the Tigers' home game and eventual win against the Bulldogs.

Major Mike Stinchcomb posted the following message and a picture of Jacobs' letter on his Facebook page:

"During halftime, a representative from the Auburn Athletic Department found me in the stands to present me with a letter from the Athletic Director, Jay Jacobs...regardless of what happens on the field, Auburn is a class organization...Go DAWGS & War Eagle!!"

In the letter, Jacobs wrote in closing, "It is an honor to have you here at Jordan-Hare Stadium. I wish you God speed in your continued deployment. God Bless and War Eagle!"

It was a classy move for the AD who has come under fire in recent years, most notably in 2012, when the Auburn football team finished 3-9 just two years after a BCS National Championship season. One day after an embarrassing 49-0 loss to Alabama in the Iron Bowl, Jacobs fired then-head coach Gene Chizik before enlisting the help of an all-star search committee in finding the Tigers' next coach.

A few weeks later, Jacobs hired Gus Malzahn and the pair haven't looked back since. Less than a year after one of the worst seasons in program history, the surging Tigers are ranked No. 4 in the country with a 10-1 record and are legitimate contenders in the SEC and BCS title races. Only top-ranked Alabama stands in the way of a one-season turnaround of historic proportions, maybe even the greatest ever in recent college football memory.

Click here for complete coverage of the Iron Bowl.

No matter the outcome in the season-finale against the Crimson Tide, Jay Jacobs and the football program will have already won in the eyes of the Auburn family and one Major Mike Stinchcomb.

For now, Jacobs can put a check mark by "Football" on his to-do list on the Plains and move on to the next item:  "Basketball."

 

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