Sweet Home Alabama: Byrne Leaving UofA

After being linked to several different schools over the past few years it appears Greg Byrne finally found one to his liking.

News broke Sunday night that the University of Arizona Athletic Director will be leaving for the same position at Alabama.

Byrne arrived at Arizona in May of 2010 after serving as the youngest athletic administrator in the history of the SEC at Mississippi State. His father Bill Byrne was a long-time athletic administrator. Greg Byrne started at MSU in 2006 as Associate Athletic Director for External Affairs.

The well-liked and forward-thinking Byrne helped elevate Wildcat Athletics in several different areas, including the Lowell-Stevens Football Facility inside Arizona Stadium. He also helped fund two new football video boards and one inside the McKale Center.

One of Byrne’s boldest moves was relocating the Wildcat baseball facilities off-campus to long-time minor league home Hi Corbett Field.

Byrne hired head football coach Rich Rodriguez, baseball coach Jay Johnson and maybe most importantly kept head basketball coach Sean Miller in Tucson.

Alabama’s current AD Bill Battle is expected to resign over health issues, creating an opening for Byrne to return to the SEC.