Sunday, April 22, 2012

Adios, Bill Byrne

Here we go again.

Texas A&M dropped a bomb (albeit an expected one) on the fan base this weekend when President Loftin revealed that a "transition plan" has been put in place to effectively begin Bill Byrne's days of playing golf full time at Miramont Country Club. While Byrne's contract, which runs through 2013, will be honored, he will not be the Athletic Director once Texas A&M begins playing in the SEC.

To be frank, I'm not sure what took so long.

In December, Byrne was made to look the fool by the administration when he publicly backed former coach Mike Sherman up to the day Sherman was fired. Loftin (cough, the Board, cough) destroyed whatever authority Byrne had as AD, making this "transition" was just a matter of time.

I could talk about Byrne's success in other sports, and lack of success in football, but you already know that.

I could go on a rant here about the absurd power structure of the Texas A&M Athletic Department (and to a greater extent, the University), but we have already done that.

The fact of the matter is any potential Athletic Director at Texas A&M is kidding himself if he thinks he will have the authority to make any real decisions.

That is not how successful athletic programs are built.

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