University of Alabama athletics director Greg Byrne told The Tuscaloosa News on Thursday that he had not been contacted by Texas A&M regarding its vacant AD position and that he “wants to be” at Alabama.
Byrne’s name has been mentioned in connection with the A&M vacancy created by the departure of Scott Woodward, who was officially named as the new AD at LSU on Thursday. Byrne is regarded as one of the top athletic directors in the nation and also has family connections to A&M, where his father, Bill Byrne, served as AD from 2003 to 2012.
“I have not been contacted by A&M,” Byrne said. “My parents do live in Bryan, and I love them dearly, but Regina and I are honored to be at Alabama and want to be here.”
Byrne was named the AD at Alabama in January of 2017 after serving in a similar capacity at the University of Arizona. In that two-year tenure, Alabama football has won a national championship while both men’s and women’s golf have recorded NCAA runner-up finishes. Byrne has hired new coaches in baseball, men’s basketball and volleyball and announced the Crimson Standard, a 10-year, $600 million capital campaign focused largely on long-range facilities planning.