For the first time in more than 14 years, Auburn will have a new face leading the university's athletic programs.
The idea was that orthodoxy shouldn't hold anyone back.
Allen Greene from the University of Buffalo is set to replace Jay Jacobs. Greene does have SEC experience; he served as the assistant athletics director at Ole Miss from 2009-12.
"Allen kicks off the next exciting chapter for Auburn Athletics", Auburn president Steven Leath said. Greene was selected by the New York Yankees in the 1998 MLB draft and played in its minor league system until March 2001. He then worked in compliance at Notre Dame before moving into fund-raising, which is where Kevin White, then Notre Dame's athletic director, identified him as an up-and-coming star in the business. Over the course of four years in Oxford, Greene was promoted twice. He is actively engaged in the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, Minority Opportunities Athletics Association and LEAD1, an association dedicated to preparing today's students to be tomorrow's leaders. He was named their AD in 2015.
While at Buffalo, Greene was instrumental in getting approval for an $18 million indoor practice facility that had been on the docket for almost two decades.
Brandon Marcello from AuburnUndercover.com is reporting that Greene has been identified as the top choice to take over as athletics director at Auburn University.