Buffalo’s Mark Alnutt becomes 15th black athletic director at an FBS school He replaces Allen Greene, who left for Auburn | African-American News and Black History

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Buffalo’s Mark Alnutt becomes 15th black athletic director at an FBS school He replaces Allen Greene, who left for Auburn

Buffalo Bulls, Mark Alnutt, Memphis Tigers, NCAA, Penny Hardaway -

Buffalo’s Mark Alnutt becomes 15th black athletic director at an FBS school He replaces Allen Greene, who left for Auburn

The University at Buffalo announced on Wednesday that Mark Alnutt, the deputy athletic director at the University of Memphis, will be the school’s next director of athletics, replacing the recently departed Allen Greene.

Alnutt, 45, spent almost three years at Memphis, where he helped raise more than $40 million for the athletic department and was instrumental in the hiring of men’s basketball coach Tubby Smith in 2016. Smith was fired and replaced by former Tigers guard Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway this month. Before that, Alnutt served as athletic director at Southeast Missouri State University from 2012 to 2015 and held multiple leadership positions at the University of Missouri from 2000 to 2012, including associate athletic director. A Kansas City, Missouri, native, Alnutt also played linebacker and tight end for Missouri in the early 1990s.

In January, Greene left his post as UB’s athletic director after just two years to take the same position at the University of Auburn, paving the way for Alnutt to take over a program that had its first NCAA men’s basketball tournament victory last week and its first Sweet 16 appearance in school history when the women’s basketball team upset Florida State on Monday.

With the hiring of Alnutt, the number of black athletic directors in the 130 Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) schools increases to 15 (11.5 percent). He joins Northern Illinois’ Sean Frazier as the only black athletic directors in the Mid-American Conference.

“We are so excited to have Mark join our UB family,” University at Buffalo president Satish K. Tripathi, who himself is one of just five school presidents of Asian descent among FBS schools, said in a statement. “His time in NCAA athletics has been defined by his leadership and vision. We believe that he possesses exactly the qualities needed to elevate UB Athletics to our next tier of excellence.”

Alnutt’s first day will be April 11.

Black athletic directors in FBS

  • Allen Greene, Auburn
  • Bernard Muir, Stanford
  • Carla Williams, Virginia
  • David Williams II, Vanderbilt
  • Derrick Gragg, Tulsa
  • Eugene Smith, Ohio State University
  • Damon Evans, Maryland (interim)
  • Lynn Swann, USC
  • Martin Jarmond, Boston College
  • Michael Williams, California
  • Ray Anderson, Arizona State
  • Sean Frazier, Northern Illinois
  • Stan Wilcox, Florida State
  • Warde J. Manuel, Michigan
  • Mark Alnutt, Buffalo

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