Allen Greene, first Black AD at Auburn, resigns
Auburn athletic director Allen Greene is stepping down with five months remaining on his original five-year contract.
Auburn announced Friday that Greene, the school’s first black athletic director, informed President Christopher Roberts of his decision this week, citing business reasons.
“The decision to walk away from the athletics of Auburn 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. “I’m very proud of the work we’ve done together to advance our athletics program.”
Roberts named athletic department chief operating officer Marcy Girton as acting DA.
“Allen came to the Plains with a vision, passion and experience to take Auburn’s athleticism to the next level,” Roberts said. “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. , integrity and our university.”
Greene’s initial five-year contract, worth $625,000 a year, was set to expire Jan. 31, 2023. His biggest hire was luring football coach Bryan Harsin away from Boise State.
The Tigers lost the final five games of Harsin’s first season, followed by a school inquiry into the program after an exodus of players and assistant coaches, including three coordinators.
The investigation ended when then-president Jay Gogue called out “wild speculation” and misinformation regarding Harsin.
At least one Southeastern Conference athletic director and a former college DA chimed in supporting Greene and sharply criticizing Auburn.
Tennessee athletic director Danny White praised Greene in a Tweet “for getting out of a crazy situation for greener pastures!” I admire the way you handled this chaos with class and integrity. Can’t wait to see your next chapter. »
Former Notre Dame and Duke AD Kevin White, Danny White’s father, called Greene’s announcement “terribly disturbing to say the least, perhaps closer to quite shameful” in a statement to The News & Observer in Raleigh. “Allen is clearly a rock star leader in the larger landscape of college athletics,” White said. “Therefore, this is clearly a killer blow, as college athletics’ greatest enterprise swirls in unprecedented chaos.”
Allen, a former Notre Dame baseball player, worked with both whites.
Auburn made its first Final Four in men’s basketball during Greene’s tenure, and he signed coach Bruce Pearl to a new eight-year contract worth more than $50 million.
Greene is a former athletic director at Buffalo, where he succeeded Danny White.
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