From 2002 to 2012, Bill Byrne was the athletic director at Texas A&M. During that time, his son, Greg, was building a career of his own.
In 2017, Greg Byrne moved from Arizona to Alabama to take over as AD, and has done some great work in Tuscaloosa since then.
However, with Scott Woodward recently moving from A&M to LSU, is there a draw for the younger Byrne to follow in his father’s footsteps? During an interview on “The Roundtable” on WJOX on Monday morning, SEC Network host Paul Finebaum said he didn’t think Byrne would have any interest in leaving the Crimson Tide:
“No,” he said simply. “(A&M) fired his father, but those things don’t seem to matter much anymore a couple of years later. But I think it’s probably a bad move for Greg because, frankly, he’s in a better place. He has a lot he can do here. I just think, if you go to College Station, where — he doesn’t have roots there, but he lived there. I remember talking to Greg after President Bush passed away, and he had great memories of his family’s interactions with the president and his family. But I don’t see what the appeal of that (move) would be. He’s building in Tuscaloosa. You could call it a lateral or whatever type of move, but it certainly wouldn’t be an upward move.”
Indeed, Byrne seems entrenched at Alabama, and with the success the Tide have been having in football since 2007, Byrne may want to ride out Nick Saban’s career, when he could potentially cement his legacy by hiring the successor to one of the greatest coaches who has ever lived.
Listen to Finebaum’s full interview on WJOX here:
— WJOX 94.5 FM (@WJOX945) April 22, 2019