Auburn Goes Outside The Box With Allen Greene Hire As AD
Auburn yesterday named the Univ. at Buffalo's Allen Greene as its new AD, and "at first glance, he may be the anti-Jay Jacobs," according to Kevin Scarbinsky of the BIRMINGHAM NEWS. Jacobs, the outgoing AD, is "as Auburn as Auburn gets." He "played football for the Tigers and spent virtually his entire professional career there." If Greene and Jacobs "have one thing in common, it's a critical component of an AD's job" -- a "history as an accomplished fundraiser." A source said that Greene's hiring is a "perfect example of the Parker Executive Search firm fraternity at work." Parker is "close to UCF AD Danny White," as the firm got White his role there. White is "close to Greene," as they are former Notre Dame athletes who "worked together at Ole Miss before both moved to Buffalo" when White was AD and Green was Senior Associate AD. Greene now is "entering a new world at Auburn." He has been an FBS AD for just two years, and has "never fired or hired a football or men's basketball coach" (BIRMINGHAM NEWS, 1/19). In Alabama, Josh Vitale notes Greene, 40, is one of the youngest ADs in D-I and "considered one of the rising stars in the industry." He is "just the third African-American athletics director in the history of the SEC" (OPELIKA-AUBURN NEWS, 1/19).