Athletic Director Bill Byrne to resign
Published: Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 23:07
Texas A&M University Athletic Director Bill Byrne will announce his retirement tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. in a press conference at the Zone Club at Kyle Field.
At the System Board of Regents meeting last Thursday and Friday, the Board gave University President R. Bowen Loftin the authority to negotiate Byrne’s contract, which is set to expire on August 31, 2013. The university will buy out the remainder of Byrne’s contract.
John Thornton, associate athletic director, is expected to take over as interim-athletic director.
Byrne was hired in December 2002 and served as A&M’s ninth athletic director.
Under Byrne’s tenure, A&M won 45 Big 12 championships and 15 national titles, including the women’s basketball national championship in 2011. Byrne also saw six consecutive NCAA tournaments in men’s basketball.
However, the last Big 12 title won in A&M’s most profitable sport, football was in 1998.
A&M moves to the Southeastern Conference July 1, under the direction of recently hired head football coach Kevin Sumlin.
In Byrne’s weekly newsletter on April 25, he wrote “I’ve been looking forward to my life after athletics. I will be right there with all of you rooting for our teams and watching Texas A&M strive for championships.”