Does Charles Barkley want to be Auburn’s next AD? ‘They can’t afford me’

Don’t count on Charles Barkley to be Auburn’s next athletics director.

The Auburn legend and basketball Hall of Famer was requested, semi-seriously, Monday morning if he deliberate to throw his identify into consideration for Auburn’s open athletics director place. Barkley, in fact, answered as solely he might.

“They can’t afford me,” Barkley mentioned earlier than teeing off on the Bruce, Barkley and Basketball Golf Classic in Opelika. “They can’t afford me.”

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Auburn is within the early phases of a nationwide seek for its next athletics director following the resignation final month of Allen Greene, who stepped apart with 5 months left on his contract to oversee the college’s athletics division.

Greene was employed in January 2018 as this system’s fifteenth all-time athletics director, signing a five-year deal after being employed away from Buffalo. Greene was incomes $625,000 yearly over the course of the contract, which was set to expire Jan. 31, 2023. Greene expressed curiosity in remaining at Auburn as just lately as this summer season, however regardless of early conversations with new college president Dr. Chris Roberts about his future and that of the athletics division, speak of an extension fizzled out.

Instead of taking part in out the rest of his deal as a lame-duck athletics director, Greene determined to resign from his submit on the finish of August to pursue different skilled pursuits.

“Allen Greene is a good buddy of mine; I used to be upset he isn’t going to be round,” Barkley mentioned. “I speak to him fairly a bit. I like the man; I feel he did a wonderful job at Auburn, and he is going to be missed.”

During Greene’s tenure as athletics director, Auburn’s groups received eight convention titles, whereas the lads’s basketball program made its first-ever Final Four look in 2019, climbing to No. 1 within the AP ballot for the primary time in program historical past final season, received two SEC regular-season titles and a convention match championship. Under his watch, Auburn additionally prolonged Bruce Pearl earlier this 12 months, signing him to an eight-year contract extension aimed toward maintaining the basketball coach on the Plains “for all times.” The Tigers’ baseball program additionally made two journeys to the College World Series, together with this summer season, throughout Greene’s time as AD. He additionally helped safe funding and approval for the brand new soccer efficiency heart, which is about to be accomplished later this 12 months.

“Allen Greene did a very good job at Auburn, and he is going to be an ideal AD on the next place he goes to, and he had a very constructive impression at Auburn,” Pearl mentioned Monday, making his first public remarks on the change on the high of the athletic division since Greene’s resignation.

Following Greene’s choice to step down final month, Auburn named athletics chief working officer Marcy Girton as appearing athletics director. Girton served in that position for almost two weeks earlier than Roberts tabbed government affiliate athletics director Rich McGlynn as interim athletics director whereas the college conducts a nationwide seek for a full-time alternative.

McGlynn, greatest recognized for his position in Auburn’s compliance division, has labored at Auburn since 2006. He helped information the soccer program via the Cam Newton eligibility saga in the course of the 2010 nationwide championship season and navigated the basketball program’s NCAA investigation stemming from the Chuck Person/ FBI scandal that surfaced in 2017. He has additionally served as sport administrator for males’s basketball, overseeing the day-to-day operations of Pearl’s program, together with throughout its Final Four run in 2019 and its most up-to-date SEC regular-season title final season.

McGlynn, who AL.com recognized as a possible candidate for the AD position final month, is well-liked inside the athletics division and has an understandably robust relationship with Pearl, who was excited to study of McGlynn’s promotion to the interim AD position.

“Rich is a man who paid his dues,” Pearl mentioned. “…When our gamers discovered that Rich had been elevated to the place he is in proper now, our gamers reacted actually positively. It had nothing to do with Allen being gone; they beloved Allen, however they have been joyful for Rich. So, if the gamers reply that approach, that sort of tells you one thing in regards to the relationship he has with everyone. I feel you get to really feel that with the donors, too; they’re joyful for Rich.”

Pearl additionally underlined that Auburn’s athletics division has work to do to keep aggressive within the present panorama. He spoke Monday in regards to the want for Auburn athletics to prioritize NIL — even saying the division wants to care for that earlier than making progress on the beforehand authorized apply facility improve for the basketball workforce at Neville Arena.

“We play within the hardest convention within the nation, and the second-best convention within the nation, not even shut to the SEC,” Pearl mentioned. “Everybody’s on the market doing enterprise, and so they’re doing actual enterprise, so we received to keep on high of our recreation, and that is what we’re making an attempt to do. That’s what we’re making an attempt to do, so I’m joyful for Rich.”

Tom Green is an Auburn beat reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @Tomas_Verde.

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