Allen Greene exits as Auburn Tigers’ athletic director

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Allen Greene will “step down” from his role as Auburn’s athletic director, it was announced Friday.

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

“The decision to step down from Auburn athletics is not an easy one, but it is the right time for me to begin the next step in my professional journey,” Greene said in a statement from 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 Auburn athletics stronger than when we arrived.”

Greene entered the final five months of his contract, which is a rarity among sports directors at major conference schools. Greene had asked Auburn for clarity about his future, as his deal expired in January, sources told ESPN, and he was told Auburn would likely wait until the end of the football season to make a decision.

That led to Greene finding 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 soccer facility, which will open later this year.

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

Greene led the search that turned up coach Bryan Harsin, whose tenure is shrouded in an “investigation” by the university. That investigation has since been seen as the school fishing for a reason to fire Harsin for a reason. Nothing was found, but Harsin spent months fighting Auburn’s self-inflicted damage from the investigation.

Harsin is widely seen as a coach for his job this season and it was widely considered unlikely that Greene was unlikely to be the athletic director who would decide his fate.

“Allen arrived at The Plains with vision, passion and experience to take Auburn athletics to the next level,” said university president Dr. Christopher Roberts in a statement. “In the short time I served with Allen as president, he has proven to be an asset to Auburn, improving our athletic programs and facilities, and is committed 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 baseball player at Notre Dame who developed a strong reputation in the track and field industry as he worked his way up the college athletic ladder as an AD assistant at Ole Miss to Buffalo, where he was deputy and then athletic director, before arriving in Auburn. in 2018.

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