If you happened to spy some of the Texas A&M messageboards on Tuesday, you know that rumors spread that Aggie AD Bill Byrne was being or had already been shown the door in College Station. According to Sean Lester of The Dallas Morning News, there were even rumors that Jackie Sherrill — a man very familiar with the SEC — was set to replace him as the school’s athletic director.
Turns out, those rumors were just that — rumors. David Harris of The Bryan-College Station Eagle tracked down an A&M spokesperson and got this terse response:
“Bill Byrne is the athletic director at Texas A&M. It is our longstanding practice not to address rumors and speculation.”
Byrne has not been viewed as part of A&M’s pro-SEC majority. At least that’s been the speculation for two summers now. Worse still, one of Byrne’s subordinates was caught posting ugly comments about Aggie president – and Byrne’s boss — R. Bowen Loftin on a messageboard late last year. Some thought Byrne would be ix-nayed at that point.
According to The Morning News, it’s now expected that Byrne and the university will simply part ways when his current contract expires after the 2013 season. Either way, he remains in power for now. At least according to that short statement released by the school.
Byrne has served in College Station since 2002. His son Greg Byrne was once the AD at Mississippi State before moving on to Arizona, where he currently remains.