Auburn University and athletic director Allen Greene parted ways Friday with Greene resigning just a few months before his contract runs out.
Tennessee director of athletics Danny White came to his former Deputy AD’s defense on Twitter after Greene’s tumultuous five-year stretch as Auburn AD came to an end. White credited Greene on a job well done and congratulated him on splitting with Auburn.
Congratulations @AGreeneIV for getting the heck out of a crazy situation for greener pastures! I admire how you managed that chaos with class & integrity. Look forward to seeing your next chapter!
— Danny White (@AD_DannyWhite) August 26, 2022
Green worked as Buffalo’s Deputy Athletic Director from 2012-15 while White was the Bills’ athletic director. Once White left for the same position at Central Florida, Greene replaced him as Buffalo’s AD.
The former Notre Dame baseball player spent four years as Buffalo’s athletic director before leaving to take the Auburn job in 2018.
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Danny wasn’t the only member of the White family to take a shot at Auburn. Kevin White — Danny’s father and the outgoing AD at Duke — released a long statement defending Greene and criticizing Auburn, calling the Tigers’ “political dysfunction” as “truly legendary.”
Former Duke AD Kevin White releases a statement on Auburn AD Allen Greene’s ouster. Uses the terms “terribly disturbing,” “utterly shameful” and calls Auburn’s out Auburn’s “political dysfunction” as “truly legendary.” pic.twitter.com/f5j6zAcLH6
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) August 26, 2022
Greene’s tenure at Auburn was full of drama once the Tigers’ moved on from head football coach Gus Malzahn following the 2020 season.
Auburn’s booster allegedly wanted to hire defensive coordinator Kevin Steele to replace Malzahn. Greene elected for Boise State coach Bryan Harsin instead and has seemingly faced an abundance of resistance from Auburn booster’s since.
After a lackluster 6-6 season, Auburn began an investigation into Harsin and the coach’s future with the school was up in the air for nearly a month before Greene brought Harsin back for a second season.
Greene did resign basketball coach Bruce Pearl to a longterm extension while he was director of athletics.