Ellen Green will “walk away” from his role as Auburn’s athletic director, it was announced Friday.
After the announcement of the decision, sources told ESPN that negotiations over Green’s departure terms were held earlier in the day .
“The decision to leave Auburn Athletics was not an easy one, but now is where I start the next step in my career The right time,” Green 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 all the best for the next few years. I believe we left the Orton Track Team stronger than when we arrived. “
Green enters final five months of his contract, a rarity among athletic directors at major conference schools A source told ESPN that Green had asked Auburn for clarification on his future, his contract expires in January, and he was told Auburn may have to wait until football season to make a decision.
Sources told ESPN that this led Green to find an exit strategy.
Green was hired by Auburn from Buffalo in January 2018 to become the school’s first black athletic director. During Green’s tenure, Auburn played in baseball twice Reached the College World Series, made the Final Four in men’s basketball, and made significant growth in capital projects and facilities. Auburn is building a $92 million soccer facility that is scheduled to open later this year .
Problems in football However, the program persists. School dismisses coach in December 2020 Gus Malzahn and struggled to find a replacement, in part because Auburn was notorious for administrative dysfunction.
Green The led search yielded coach Brian Hassin, whose tenure has been shrouded in the university’s “investigation”. The inquiry has since been seen as the school fishing for reasons to fire Harsin. Nothing was found, but Hassin has Spent months fighting Auburn’s self-harm as a result of the investigation.
Haha Sheen is widely seen as the coach he worked on this season, and Green is widely seen as unlikely to be the athletic director who will determine his fate.
“Allen came to Plains with vision, enthusiasm and experience to take Auburn Athletics to the next level,” University President Dr. Christopher Roberts said in a statement. In his brief time as president together with Len, he has proven to be an asset to Auburn, strengthening our athletic programs and facilities and remaining committed to our student-athletes, integrity and our university. We’re grateful for his commitment and contributions to Auburn over the past four and a half years.”
Green is A former Notre Dame baseball player with a strong reputation in the sports world, he worked as an assistant ad at Ole Miss University, all the way up to Buffalo, where he served as a lieutenant, then athletic director, before arriving at Auburn in 2018.