Byrne headed to Alabama

Sources say that Arizona Athletic Director Greg Byrne is headed to Alabama. Read on for the latest.

As first reported by Greg Hansen of the Arizona Daily Star and independently confirmed by, Greg Byrne will be named Athletic Director at Alabama as soon as this week.

Current Alabama Athletic Director Bill Battle has been battling cancer and is expected to officially step down this week as well.

Greg Byrne was named Arizona's 11th Director of Athletics in March 2010 and officially started in that role on May 3, 2010.

Under his leadership, the Wildcats have seen construction completed on the $72 million Lowell-Stevens Football Facility, the addition of two video boards in Arizona Stadium, and a new scoreboard in the McKale Center. 

The athletics department also finished off Phase I of an overall $80 million renovation project for McKale. At a cost of $30 million, Phase I included upgraded seating, hand rails, enhanced lighting and a new playing floor. 

In addition, the renovation addressed amenities and upgrades that include concessions, restrooms and locker rooms for men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball and sand volleyball.

Byrne also put forth a bold plan in 2011 to relocate the Arizona baseball program from its on-campus facility to an iconic minor league ballpark located in the heart of midtown Tucson. 

The transition to Hi Corbett Field instantly upgraded the program’s facilities and amenities available to fans. In 2012, the Wildcats hosted NCAA regional and super regional tournaments for the first time in 20 years en route to capturing the school’s fourth national championship. 

Average attendance in the first two years at the stadium nearly tripled with two of the program’s top-three total attendance figures being reported.

We will have more information on this story as it becomes available. 

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