Nick Saban could have a new boss as soon as Monday. And it’s expected to be Arizona athletic director Greg Byrne.
According to Greg Hansen of the Arizona Daily Star, Byrne is expected to be named Alabama’s athletic director as soon as Monday.
Expect Arizona AD Greg Byrne to be named Alabama's athletic director as soon as Monday.
— Greg Hansen (@ghansen711) January 16, 2017
Alabama’s previous athletic director, Bill Battle, took a leave of absence on Jun. 21 so he could be treated for multiple myeloma.
According to Cecil Hurt of the Tuscaloosa News, Battle will step aside from his role as athletic director. Battle replaced Mal Moore in 2013. Battle was also the head football coach at Tennessee from 1970-76 after playing at Alabama from 1960-62.
Per Hurt, Battle will officially step aside in March, as his contract expires.
Byrne has been Arizona’s athletic director since May 2010. Byrne has a past in the SEC, as he was Mississippi State’s athletic director from 2008-10. He was replaced by Scott Stricklin, who left to become Florida’s athletic director in 2016. Byrne hired John Cohen to be the Bulldogs baseball coach and went on to replace Stricklin as Mississippi State’s athletic director.
When Byrne took over at Mississippi State, he was the youngest athletic director in the history of the SEC.
In his brief time at Mississippi State, Byrne hired Dan Mullen as football coach — a job Mullen still holds. Among SEC schools, only Nick Saban has a longer tenure at his school.