Tuesday, May 18, 2010

A Message From Jay Jacobs....

Auburn athletics director Jay Jacobs recently released a new message to the Auburn family reguarding several Auburn relaed topics. It reads as follows....

Dear Auburn Family,

The Auburn baseball team is headed for Hoover. The Tigers' 18-0 win over Tennessee on Saturday officially clinched a Southeastern Conference Baseball Tournament berth for Auburn. Auburn, now ranked No. 16 nationally, defeated Tennessee again on Sunday to win its fourth consecutive SEC series. The win also put Auburn (35-17 overall) in first place in the SEC West with a conference record of 17-10.

Coach John Pawlowski and his staff have done a great job of keeping the team focused on its goals. The first goal-making the SEC Tournament-has been accomplished. Coach Pawlowski's team is now focused on bigger goals, including the chance to compete for the SEC Western Division title when the Tigers travel to Ole Miss this weekend.

The 2010 SEC Baseball Tournament will be held May 26-30 in Hoover, Ala. The Auburn Family needs to show the team how much we appreciate the outstanding year they have had with a big crowd at Regions Park. You can order tickets for the tournament by visiting http://www.secsports.com/tickets/ or by calling the SEC Ticket Office at 1 (800)-732-4849.

Regions Park is a great venue for families to enjoy college baseball at its best, and this Auburn team is truly exciting to watch. Auburn leads the SEC in hitting with a .354 average and a school-record 104 homeruns. Make plans to join the Auburn baseball team in Hoover for what promises to be a great tournament.

Auburn Arena update

The buzz continues to build for Auburn basketball with Coach Tony Barbee at the helm and the Auburn Arena nearing completion. The 2010-2011 season will be a historic one as our men's and women's teams begin a new era in an incredible new facility.

If you have never purchased season tickets for Auburn basketball but would like to guarantee that you have seats for the 2010-2011 season, the best thing to do is to join the Tigers Unlimited Basketball Ticket Priority Program for $150 per seat. (The $150 per seat Priority contribution is in addition to the cost of season tickets). You can find additional information and seat request forms at www.auburnarena.com or at www.tigersunlimited.com for both men's and women's basketball.

For existing Tigers Unlimited basketball members, the contribution period is currently underway and will remain open until July 1. Men's basketball premium seat holders (Courtside Club and Scholarship Donors) will be able to participate in Seat Selection Events in June. All other seats in the new arena will be allocated based on priority by the Ticket Office just as we have always done. If you have any questions about the TUF Basketball Ticket Priority Program, contact Tigers Unlimited at (334) 844-1158.

Spring sports update

While the 2009-2010 academic year is winding down, the Auburn softball team, men's and women's golf teams and our track teams are still competing. The Auburn softball team recently earned the program's seventh trip to the NCAA Tournament and will compete against Oregon in the Atlanta Regional Friday at 4:30 p.m. CT. The game will be televised on ESPN2.

The No. 4 Auburn women's golf team is competing in the NCAA Golf Championships this week in Wilmington, N.C., after a strong showing in the NCAA Regionals, while men's golf is competing in an NCAA Regional in College Station, Texas. The No. 9 ranked men's and No. 11 ranked women's track teams will both compete in NCAA Preliminary Rounds in Greensboro, N.C., May 27-29.

It is hard to believe another academic year at Auburn University has passed. Since graduating our student-athletes is one of our top goals for the Athletic Department, it is worth noting that 45 student-athletes received their diplomas at commencement last week. We also recently held the annual Tiger Torch ceremony to recognize our academic "Top Tigers." A record 207 student-athletes were honored for posting a 3.0 or higher GPA.

Whether you are a member of the All-American Society or a season ticket holder for any of our sports, we could not do it without you, and we appreciate your support.

Good things are happening at Auburn, but great things lie ahead. Thanks for all that you do.

God Bless and War Eagle!
Jay Jacobs
Director of Athletics

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