Last week, Texas A&M president R. Bowen Loftin confirmed that which had been rumored to be true in College Station for months — that athletic director Bill Byrne was on his way out.
Byrne has been at A&M since 2002, but it’s believed he was not fully onboard with so many other members of Aggie Nation regarding his school’s move from the Big 12 to the SEC. Making matters worse for Byrne, one of his top lieutenants was caught posting insulting remarks about Loftin — Byrne’s boss — on an A&M messageboard late last year.
So it was only a matter of time before Loftin and Byrne went their separate ways – perhaps they’ll play some air keyboards together – and that time is drawing nigh. Loftin said last week that he and Byrne are continuing to work out a plan that would allow Byrne to transition into a new role at the school until his contract expires in 2013.
Yesterday, Byrne posted the following as part of a weekly column to Texas A&M fans:
“I’m hearing from a few of you who were surprised to learn last Friday I was at a point of transition from my role as Athletic Director at Texas A&M. President Loftin announced it after a workshop on conference realignment last Friday in The Zone Club. As I enter the last period of my contract, President Loftin and I continue to work together to continue the tradition of excellence of Aggie Athletics.
“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. This is a wonderful time at Texas A&M and I look forward to announcing, with President Loftin’s support, my next steps.”
We still believe Byrne will be given a parting gift in the form of cash and will be long gone by the time any new AD takes over at A&M.
(Sidenote — Hopefully all Aggie fans are now happy with the tweaked, darker tone of A&M’s itty-bitty button/banner up top.)