Alabama AD listed as candidate for open Pac-12 commissioner role
If you missed the news out west, the Pac-12 announced late Wednesday evening that the league will be moving on from commissioner Larry Scott. Scott’s time running the league will officially end in June.
This news leaves a major opening in the college sports landscape that should attract many quality candidates for the position.
One name already been thrown around is Alabama AD Greg Byrne.
According to Adam Rittenberg of ESPN, Byrne is among the early list of candidates being mentioned for the open Pac-12 commissioner role.
“Pac-12 commish candidates I’ve heard: Ohio St AD Gene Smith, Stanford AD Bernard Muir, former West Virginia AD (and NCAA exec) Oliver Luck, Alabama AD Greg Byrne. ASU’s Ray Anderson could make a push. Feeling is league needs someone who knows campuses, has built-in relationships,” Rittenberg recently shared.
Make no mistake, the Pac-12 commissioner role is a big job but one could argue Byrne may have a better position now, considering how well Nick Saban has his football program running and Alabama’s position as the dominant force in the nation’s leading football conference. That may be too much to walk away from considering the Pac-12 has been floundering for several years now and needs major overhauls just to be competitive again in the college sports.
It should be noted that Byrne is from Idaho and his wife, Regina, is from Oregon. Byrne attended Mississippi State where he later became AD before becoming AD at Arizona — giving him some track record in the Pac-12.