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University of Arizona hires new athletic director

President Robert Shelton has hired the school’s next athletic director: Greg Byrne of Mississippi State, the school announced Monday. 

Byrne replaces Jim Livengood, who left in December for UNLV after his contract was not renewed. 

The 38-year-old Byrne, who was hired by Mississippi State in 2008, graduated from ASU in 1994. 

The UA will formally announce Byrne’s hiring Wednesday in Tucson. 

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Statement from Mississippi State President Dr. Mark Keenum:

“”Greg Byrne has informed me that he will leave Mississippi State to accept the athletic director’s job at the University of Arizona. A Wednesday press conference has been scheduled in Tucson to make that announcement. Personally, I am saddened by this news because of the deep affection that Rhonda and I have for Greg and Regina. I am professionally disappointed because of my respect and appreciation for the outstanding job he has done here.

I made every effort to convince Greg to remain in Starkville, including offering a generous package of financial incentives, but as he conveyed to me, his decision was driven by family considerations more than financial compensation. They have an opportunity to be in a place where they have roots and deep connections.

I cannot say enough about what Greg has meant to our athletic program. I began working with Greg even before assuming the presidency at MSU, during the search for a new football coach, and our relationship has always been a close one. The strong foundation he laid has created tremendous momentum and excitement and given MSU fans much to cheer about, with the promise of greater things on the horizon.

I am committed to building on that foundation by hiring an energetic and visionary leader to keep the momentum going. I am confident we will find that highly motivated, enthusiastic individual to lead our great Mississippi State University athletic program. The national search will begin immediately.””

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