Allen Greene will "step away" from his role as Auburn athletic director, it was announced Friday.

The decision was announced after the two sides negotiated terms of Greene's departure earlier in the day, sources told ESPN.

"The decision to step away from Auburn athletics is not an easy one, but it is the right time for me to begin the next step in my professional journey," Greene said in a statement released by the school. "I am very proud of the work that we have done together to move our athletics program forward.

"... I wish Auburn nothing but the best in the years ahead. I'm confident we leave Auburn athletics stronger than when we arrived."

Greene was entering the final five months of his contract, which is a rarity among athletic directors at major conference schools. Greene had asked Auburn for clarity about his future with his deal expiring in January, sources told ESPN, and he was told that Auburn was likely to wait until the end of football season to make a decision.