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Auburn chaos continues as AD Allen Greene quits school

ByMary M. Ward

Aug 30, 2022

Yahoo Sports’ Dan Wetzel and Sports Illustrated’s Pat Forde and Ross Dellenger discuss the continuing chaos of Auburn as athletic director Allen Green announces his resignation and debate what Greene’s departure means for the coach- Chief Bryan Harsin.

Video transcript

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Auburn fires athletic director Allen Greene, who hired Bryan Harsin. They couldn’t fire Harsin last year so now they fire Greene, they’re going to fire Harsin barring unexpected big hits. I wish Auburn good luck, it’s Auburn being Auburn. Allen Greene was not going to be renewed, he was looking for another job anyway. But, to me, you fire him now, you get an AD, then you fire Harsin. And you have configured the search.

Allen Greene played at Notre Dame and then he worked with, I think, he worked with Danny White, the athletic director of Tennessee both at Ole Miss and then at Buffalo on his way to Auburn. Anyway, Kevin White the former Duke and Norte Dame AD. He is retired now. Quote, “The apparent political dysfunction in Auburn is truly legendary. Specifically, this particular leadership transition unequivocally elevates Auburn to the,” quote, “Catbird seat in terms of nationwide deafness.”

And then Danny White comes into the tag team, the father-son tag team. Now he’s the DA stationed in Tennessee. “Congratulations Allen Greene @AGreene4 on pulling himself out of a crazy situation for greener passions. I admire how you would handle this chaos with class and integrity. I look forward to seeing your next chapter. “

I mean, think about that. Auburn is the neighborhood house that has two cars on cinder blocks in the front yard and a pet giraffe. And everyone’s like, what’s going on over there? And they’re like we don’t care. It’s who we are, baby.

A literal circus.

And it’s good. Don’t like our giraffe? You don’t like our cars on cinder blocks? Its good. We do.

For 40 years, right? It was like that there. It actually surprises me. It’s quite impressive how every five to seven years they put together a championship-worthy football program. I mean, they played in a national title, they went undefeated for the last 15 years or so. And they did it despite all the backstage, off-camera circus where the administration has no power from time to time. The big thrusters and power brokers there kind of run the gears of the university. It’s been that way forever for my entire life, and it just amazes me how every once in a while they field an impressive football team. So you have to think, like, if they didn’t have all the drama off the court, how consistently good could Auburn be?

Bryan Harsin has done a great job coaching Boise State.

Yeah.

And we criticized his training a bit last year, especially in the Iron Bowl. But he’s a good coach. If you’re hiring Bryan Harsin to come to the SEC, you need to give them some time to recruit better. There will be a small curve. You can’t walk down south and boom, I’m gonna catch everybody. But you can’t undermine them. And they completely undermined the guy.

And that’s the last year you want to do that, to Ross’s point. The top 100 players nationally in the 24/7 composite rankings, 11 of them hail from Alabama. Not Texas, not California, not Florida, Alabama. This is the biggest bumper crop of homegrown recruits ever. And Auburn may not have any. 0 for 11. You’re not going to beat Alabama for all 11s, but you need to get three or four.

They might not get any of these guys. This is the year you want consistency and you let it pile up. Now, if he can’t recruit at that level, yeah, you should probably fire him because it won’t work. But I think they cut the rug, we have no idea if he could recruit nationally at this level.