The firm that was hired to lead the University of Alabama’s search for a new athletics director was paid $100,000, The Tuscaloosa News has learned.

The search process led to the hiring of former Arizona athletics director Greg Byrne, who began work on March 1. Byrne replaced Bill Battle, who served as athletics director for four years.

Turnkey Search was paid that amount through the Crimson Tide Foundation, a non-profit organization that UA uses to conduct much of its athletic business.

The firm also received an additional $6,700 in expenses related to the search.

Turnkey Search was hired last October to assist in the hiring process.

The firm received $75,000 for serving a similar role in Tennessee’s search for a new athletics director. John Currie, who has served in that role at Kansas State, was hired this week at UT.