Danny White Throws Shade At Auburn, Defends Former Deputy AD

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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.

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.”

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.

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