Auburn AD Jay Jacobs supports the idea that a move for Auburn from the SEC West to the SEC East would be good for the school. This comes after former Auburn coach Pat Dye earlier in the week expressed the same sentiments.
“It makes sense. If we ever had the opportunity to geographically realign, it makes sense. It really makes sense for Missouri, because of the travel or other things like that.” - Auburn AD Jay Jacobs on WNSP-FM 105.5
The chief concern amongst many in the SEC is that if Auburn moves to the East, they would lose the annual Iron Bowl against the Alabama Crimson Tide. While some believe that the loss of the annual rivalry would be preferable if Auburn could move to the East, Jacobs did not seem to like the idea:
“Are we willing to give up the traditional rivalries? When you look around the nation at conferences that have done realignment, they’ve lost some of those rivalries. Has that helped them or hurt them? I don’t really know. What it would take to do that was for us to say ‘We’re not going to play the same traditional rivalries that we have in the past. We’re going to go to the East.’ Or does that matter? Do you look at a different way of scheduling altogether? We’re certainly open to it.
“I would want to preserve the Auburn-Alabama rivalry, however we could do that. … The Auburn-Alabama game right now, it just means too much to too many people to give that up. I think there are other ways that we could possibly change without having to give that rivalry up.”
If Alabama wanted to keep the rivalry with Auburn an annual occurrence amidst an Auburn move to the East, they would potentially have to give up their annual cross-division rivalry against Tennessee.