4 Disimprovements Outgoing A&M AD Bill Byrne Made to Aggieland
"Dollar Bill" won't be receiving a paycheck from Texas A&M any longer because on Tuesday, A&M athletic director Bill Byrne announced his retirement.
A few weeks earlier, Aggie president R. Bowen Loftin said that Byrne, who held the job for nearly ten years, would "transition" out of his position, even though his contract had him holding down the gig through 2013.
Read: Walk through the same door as Mike Sherman (see item number three).
While some are applauding Byrne's 15 NCAA crowns, none of those came in a revenue-generating sport.
There are also these incidents that left Aggieland feeling "Byrned."
4. Threatening Physical Attack on the Most Dedicated Alumni Base in the Universe
We like to poke fun at Aggies from time to time, but we would never ever threaten one with an ass-kicking, not even on an online message board and especially if we ran an athletics department.
In June 2010, Byrne, in response to a letter written by an Aggie alum, called up the dude and promised a beatdown. Byrne later followed with an apology, but the damage was done.
3. Going All Penn State When Firing People
Be a head football coach at Penn State for almost 46 years and you'll be informed of your ousting with a terse phone call. Work as the main man on the gridiron for A&M under Byrne's watch and you might get terminated while sitting in the driveway of a recruit's home.
Though the firing of Mike Sherman wasn't as bad as the letting go of Joe Paterno, it was still pretty lame, especially when you add in the fact that news of Sherman's dismissal had leaked to his family and players beforehand.
While in Lubbock last season to play Texas Tech, the A&M football team buses were apparently hardcore messed with. At least that's what Byrne's tweet described when he shot off, "Someone vandalized our buses in Lubbock. Excrement inside and outside of buses plus spray painted vulgarities on outside. Classy."
In response, Tech released a statement debunking the allegations and said that the only alterations were washable shoe polish and fish bait.
Byrne, instead of zipping his lip, later blasted Tech some more: "I don't feel the need to defend my comments about the incident in Lubbock because whatever was thrown on that bus sure stunk and I know vandalism when I see it."
Classy, according to the folks in this video.
1. Sawing Off the Horns,
For Better or For Worse
Some say that he didn't want the Aggies to move to the Southeastern Conference. Either way, Byrne was one of the high-profile men in charge when A&M decided to ditch the Big 12 for the SEC, where future success is an iffy proposition.
Plus, just two months ago, he was still talking smack on the Texas Longhorns, saying things like, "I assumed -- and it was a rash assumption on my part -- that our friends over in the state capital would want to continue playing us. It turns out they didn't think we were as much of a rival as we thought of them."
For those wanting Byrne to give it a rest, well, your wish has come true.
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