Published May 10, 2012 - 10:52am
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Texas A&M AD Bill Byrnes announced his retirement this past Monday. He has this program headed in the right direction, as far as getting them into the SEC. Byrne said his only regret is that the Aggies should have won more football games.
But in case you were living in a cave in June 2010, take a gander at his voicemail to an A&M fan after he (along with other school officials) decided not to join the SEC. This was set off by the angry fan’s e-mail regarding the decision. This is fantastic stuff.
Byrne later apologized via a blog post:
After reading over 200 similar e-mails the other night, I finally had one set me off and I called the writer. I’m a very competitive person and like many of you, I was raised not to back down when challenged. I’ve also got a bit of an Irish temper which came across in my voicemail. I regretted what I said as soon as I hung up. I should have been above that, and I made a mistake. For those of you who were offended by my response, I apologize, and I assure you that it will not happen again.
Byrne received a lot flack for his decision to leave the voicemail, and talk radio went on about it for a long time. But, needless to say, Byrne will be remembered quite well for his ran.