Tiger Wide Receiver Expected to Transfer

Suspended sophomore Deandre Green will not be rejoining the Auburn foootball team.

Auburn, Ala.--Deandre Green's days as an Auburn University football player and student are finished.

The 6-2, 210-pounder from Prichard is expected to transfer to another college either this week or next week. A likely destination is Murray State University in Kentucky, a Division I-AA school coached by former Auburn assistant coach Joe Pannunzio. By going the I-AA route, Green would be eligible to play this fall and would have two seasons of eligibility remaining.

Deandre Green makes a catch during the 2001 season.

Green was suspended from the Auburn football team after missing a team meeting during the Tigers' preparation for the Peach Bowl. Coach Tommy Tuberville had earlier left the door open for Green's return, however, team sources told Inside the Auburn Tigers a decision was made that it would be in the team's best interest if Green moved on to another program.

When announcing the suspension in December, Tuberville said, "This is a team sport." Tuberville said. "We talked about it and we just have to go on. It is one of those things. It is just like having an injury. Somebody has to step up." Green tried to convince the coach to let him rejoin the squad and go to Atlanta, but Tuberville held firm on the suspension.

Green originally signed with the Tigers in February 1999 and was rated the state's top prospect by the Huntsville Times after setting an Alabama high school record with 59 career touchdown receptions at Blount High in Prichard.

After re-signing with the Tigers, he had an eventful spring in 2000. He excelled in football workouts after transferring in from prep school, however, he got into hot water with Tuberville and the coaching staff after firing a pistol into the air in Wild West style in attempt to break up a fight at a fraternity step-sing on the Haley Center concourse. No one was hurt in the incident.

The pistol belonged to former teammate Brandon Reed, who was kicked off the team for that incident combined with other problems. Reed transferred to Alabama A&M.

Green was in and out of hot water with the coaching staff during two seasons at Auburn.

Green was later re-instated to the team and played in 12 games in 2000, catching 23 passes for 240 yards. Green missed spring practice in 2001 as he took a leave of absence from school for what he and Tuberville called "personal reasons." He returned to the team last summer and caught 32 passes for 339 yards with two touchdowns after being slowed early in the year with a back injury.


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