Byrne says GoodbyeFeatured Stories, News Tuesday, May 8th, 2012
In a relatively short 18 minute address and following press conference Tuesday, the Bill Byrne tenure as Texas A&M’s Athletic Director officially ended. Byrne told a large crowd of media, staff and Aggie supporters that his path to this point has been a satisfactory one:
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In a press release put out a couple of hours following Byrne’s press conference, A&M announced that long-time Associate AD Dr. John Thornton will serve as the Interim Athletic Director. A&M President R. Bowen Loftin said in the release that they hope to have a permanent new athletic director identified and on campus by the start of the Fall 2012 semester. A search advisory committee headed up by Regent Jim Wilson and VP for Marketing Jason Cook will conduct what was called a Nationwide search. Later in a telepconference from Quatar where Loftin is attending A&M Commencement exercises, the Preident lauded Byrne for bringing winning team to A&M:
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Sports Talk’s Chip Howard followed up with this question:
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Byrne was asked if he felt his voice was sufficiently heard in major decision such as joining the SEC and changing football coaches:
While all coach praised Byrne for the success he’s brought A&M over nine and half years, one National Championship winning Coach Gary Blair, was Visibly emotional in stating his take on what perceived a forced early retirement:
Bryan will serve as an assistant to President Loftin until Aug. 31st of this year. The remaining year of his contract has been negotiated.
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