Texas A&M AD Bill Byrne is on his way out. What had been rumored for months was confirmed by A&M president R. Bowen Loftin on Friday. The school and its athletic director were involved in talks designed to create an amicable parting.
Byrne’s contract runs through 2013 and the school says it will “honor the terms” of that deal, though Byrne will likely make a “natural transition” into another position before retiring next year. So what will that position be and just how natural will it be for him to still be around while a new AD takes over his old office?
Here’s betting the natural transition never really occurs. It will be easier for all parties to simply reach some sort of financial settlement and have Byrne exit sooner rather than later. Oh, sure, he may still be given an office somewhere on campus like so many ex-coaches and ex-ADs, but the likelihood of him ever showing up and doing any actual work is slim.
If this plays out as most of these things play out, we suspect Texas A&M will have an interim AD in place by about the time of the SEC Meetings in late-May, early-June… and by the time a new full-time AD arrives in College Station, Byrne will likely be hitting a golf course.