Alabama approves contract extension for AD Greg Byrne
Alabama plans to keep Greg Byrne as athletics director until 2026 as the Board of Trustees reportedly approved a contract extension and raise at a meeting on Tuesday.
Byrne took over for Bill Battle, who was AD for nearly four years. Byrne’s tenure began on March 1, 2017.
Byrne, who will soon turn 48, will receive a salary of $1.3 million for 2020, according to BamaInsider. His pay will raise $40,000 per year leading up to a $1.54 million salary in 2025-26. Byrne previously received a pay bump in August 2018, when his salary increased to $980,000 a year which was scheduled to rise to as much as $1.13 million by 2024-25.
Byrne was recently visible with Alabama’s handling of President Donald Trump’s visit to Tuscaloosa for the LSU game. He’s also been vocal about the eligibility of men’s basketball transfer Jahvon Quinerly, has explained the new LED lights at Bryant-Denny Stadium and responded to fans about “Dixieland Delight” being cut short.
Byrne was previously in a similar role Arizona since March of 2010, and at Mississippi State from 2008-10. Byrne has more than 20 years of experience as an athletics administrator working in fundraising, competitive success and academics.
A native of Pocatello, Idaho, Byrne earned his bachelor’s degree in 1994 and his master’s degree from Mississippi State in 2009.