Allen Greene steps down as Auburn Tigers athletic director

Allen Greene will “step away” from his role as Auburn sporting director, it was announced on Friday.

The decision was announced after the two sides negotiated terms for Greene’s departure earlier in the day, sources told ESPN.

“The decision to leave the Auburn Athletics is not an easy one, but it’s the right time for me to begin the next stage of my professional journey,” Greene said in a statement released by the school. “I am very proud of the work we have done together to advance our athletics program.

“…I wish Auburn nothing but the best in the years to come. I am confident that we will leave the athleticism of Auburn stronger than when we arrived.”

Greene was entering the final five months of his contract, which is rare among athletic directors at major conference schools. Greene had asked Auburn for clarification on his future with his contract expiring in January, sources told ESPN, and was told Auburn would likely wait until the end of the football season to make a decision.

This led Greene to come up with an exit strategy, sources told ESPN.

Greene was hired from Buffalo in January 2018 by Auburn, becoming the school’s first black athletic director. During Greene’s tenure, Auburn reached two College World Series in baseball and a Final Four in men’s basketball, and experienced significant growth in capital projects and facilities. Auburn is building a $92 million football facility, which is expected to open later this year.

However, problems with the football program persisted. The school fired coach Gus Malzahn in December 2020 and struggled to find a replacement, in part because of Auburn’s reputation for administrative dysfunction.

Greene led the search that resulted in coach Bryan Harsin, whose tenure was shrouded in a university “investigation.” This investigation has since come to be seen as the school looking for a reason to fire Harsin for just cause. Nothing was found, but Harsin spent months battling Auburn’s self-inflicted damage during the investigation.

Harsin is widely regarded as a coach for his work this season, and it was widely seen as unlikely that Greene is unlikely to be the sporting director to determine his fate.

“Allen came to the Plains with a vision, passion and experience to take Auburn athletics to the next level,” university president Dr. Christopher Roberts said in a statement. “During the brief time I worked alongside Allen as president, he proved to be an asset to Auburn, enhancing our athletics programs and facilities, and was dedicated to our student-athletes. , to integrity and to our university. We’re grateful for his commitment and contributions to Auburn over the past four and a half years.”

Greene is a former Notre Dame baseball player who developed a solid reputation in the athletics industry as he rose through the ranks of college athletics as an AD assistant at Ole Miss in Buffalo, where he was assistant then sports director, before arriving. at Auburn in 2018.

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