Greg Byrne: Alabama is ‘home,’ will not be a candidate for Pac-12 vacancy

Cecil Hurt
The Tuscaloosa News
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Alabama athletic director Greg Byrne has led a charge of getting UA in marquee non-conference football games, scheduling home-and-home series over a decade in advance..

Alabama athletics director Greg Byrne told The Tuscaloosa News on Friday that he was enjoying being “part of a special time” as the Crimson Tide men’s basketball team progresses through the NCAA Tournament and said that he would not be a candidate for the job of Pac-12 commissioner

“It’s certainly flattering to be mentioned for such a prestigious position,” Byrne said. “Regina (Byrne, his wife) and I grew up in the Pac-12 footprint and have many friends and fond memories out there. However, the University of Alabama has become our home and it is an honor to work here with our incredible student-athletes, coaches, staff, university and fans.  

"We have a lot of positive momentum across our department. This is where we hope to finish our career and do all we can to make a positive impact. I will not be a candidate for the Pac-12 commissioner.”

Current Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott announced he would be stepping down from his position in June, ending a tumultuous 11-year tenure.

The league’s presidents announced they would launch a nationwide search for Scott’s successor but have otherwise made no pubic statement. 

Byrne came to Alabama from the University of Arizona in January 2017. He has frequently been mentioned as a potential candidate although there has been no confirmation of formal contact.  

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Reach Cecil Hurt at cecil@tidesports.com or via Twitter @cecilhurt 

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