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If you love a good family reunion, there is no better place to be than Auburn on A-Day weekend
. Make plans to come and soak up a great family atmosphere on the Plains this weekend, April 17-19.
A-Day offers a chance to get a preview of your 2015 Auburn Tigers football team. The game is set for 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 18, and tickets are just $5 each. They can be purchased at AUBtix.com
or by calling (855) 282-2010. All Auburn University students are admitted free with their Ignited Card.
We know from past experience that the size and spirit of our A-Day crowd sets the tone for the coming football season. The last time we filled Jordan-Hare Stadium for the A-Day game, the team brought home a championship the following fall.
A great A-Day crowd is also vitally important for recruiting. In recruiting, we compete for the best against the best, but we have one thing that sets us apart: The Auburn Family. Recruit after recruit talks about the "family" feel they get when visiting Auburn. Let's show those who are here for A-Day what it's all about. Let's fill up the stadium.
There's plenty more to do besides football, too. Our No. 6 ranked softball team, which has the best conference record in the SEC, will host No. 7 Alabama in a huge, sold-out series at Jane B. Moore Field. Games are scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday of A-Day weekend.
Auburn baseball, which ranks No. 20 in RPI and sits just two games out of third in the SEC West, will play another important SEC series as they welcome Ole Miss for three games at Plainsman Park. Tickets can be purchased at AUBtix.com
Track & Field will also be hosting the War Eagle Invitational on Friday and Saturday at Hutsell-Rosen Track. Admission is free.
A few other A-Day campus events include the Punt, Pass & Kick Contest
on Saturday from 9 a.m. - Noon, Tiger Walk at approximately 11:30 a.m. on Saturday and an A-Day Brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday to open our new Wellness Kitchen to the public. Tickets are $13 for adults and $7 for kids 12 and under.
If that's not enough, stay after the game on Saturday for the Corner Block Party
. It will be a great family gathering similar to the "Last Roll" in 2013. Only this time, we will celebrate with the new live oaks. The event is free and open to the public.
A SEASON FOR WINNING
Winning is one of our five goals, and the success of our teams has been exciting. Five Auburn teams have recently been ranked or finished in the Top 10 of their respective sports (softball, gymnastics, men's golf, men's swimming and diving and equestrian.) Auburn basketball also made March fun again, winning three straight games in the SEC Tournament. Women's basketball also had a late-season surge, winning four of their last five. Add to all of that success another Top 10 recruiting class for football, and the future is bright for Auburn Athletics.
As proud as we all are about our athletic success, I am most proud of the academic excellence our student-athletes continue to demonstrate. We have 335 student-athletes with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. We are one of only four SEC schools with at least 200 student-athletes on the All-SEC Academic Honor Roll. More than one-third of our student-athletes are on schedule to graduate with honors, and all 21 of our teams have exceeded the NCAA's Academic Progress Rate. You can take pride in that, too, because it means your school has its priorities in order. As much as we all love to win, we never forget what our real mission is.
As you're probably aware, the Auburn Board of Trustees approved our request to hire an architect and construction manager to explore potential Jordan-Hare Stadium renovations. They will develop preliminary designs as part of an ongoing study of improvements our fans tell us they want. Some of the potential enhancements include improvements to concourses, a range of fan amenities, a new north end zone scoreboard, increased premium seating, and updates to the player's locker room and recruiting areas. We expect to present a recommendation to the Trustees at a future meeting of the Auburn Board.
The Trustees also approved our request to replace the south end zone video board
before the fall 2015 season. Fans let us know that a state-of-the-art video board and public address system were at the top of their wish list for Jordan-Hare, and we're excited they will enjoy the best audio-visual experience in the country.
The investments we make in our facilities are driven by what our fans want and by my commitment to ensure the best gameday experience and the best student-athlete experience in the country. Surveys of our fans have for years shown that their number one request is for a new video board and PA system. That's why it was a priority for us. We also know how important these amenities are to recruits.
THANK YOU AUBURN FAMILY
I want to thank President Gogue and the Board of Trustees for their vision in supporting our facility needs, but I also want to thank every member of the Auburn Family. I especially want to thank those who've attended events this year, from the first kickoff at Jordan-Hare Stadium and final jump ball at Auburn Arena to the exciting games at Jane B. Moore Field. The support this season across all sports has been phenomenal, and it makes a difference to our student-athletes.
I've now been serving in this role more than 10 years, and it's an honor that humbles me every day. I want you to know our vision will continue to be to become the preeminent athletics department in the nation. We are on our way to making it happen, and we won't stop until we get there.
Finally, I want to wish our teams competing for championships this weekend good luck. SEC Coach of the Year Jeff Graba's gymnastics team is competing at the NCAA Championships in Ft. Worth after one of the best seasons in program history. Coach Nick Clinard's No. 4 Men's
Golf team will be competing for an SEC Championship at Sea Island, Ga., this weekend, while our Women's Golf Team will play for another SEC title under Coach Kim Evans at Greystone Golf & Country Club in Birmingham.
God Bless and War Eagle!
P.S. Please let me know if there is ever anything we can do to make your gameday experience better. Email
me anytime with "Gameday Suggestions" in the subject line.
You can also follow me on Twitter at @jayjacobsauad