MISSISSIPPI STATE, MS (WDAM) - Monday morning Mississippi State University's athletic director Greg Byrne told the university he plans to leave and become the athletic director at the University of Arizona.
The head coaches of the three major men's sports at MSU respond with these comments...
Head Football Coach Dan Mullen:
"I will forever be grateful to Greg Byrne for giving me the opportunity to fulfil a lifelong dream, and while I'm saddened by his departure, I understand and respect his decision for his family. Greg made a huge difference at Mississippi State, and we will continue to build a football program upon his vision for what Bulldog athletics should be - relentlessly competing for championships."
Head Men's Basketball Coach Rick Stansbury:
"Greg has been great to work with these past two seasons. I've been very appreciative of his commitment and support to my family and our basketball program. He's been great to work with in terms of a coach-boss relationship, and now he has an opportunity to better himself and his family. You can't fault a man for that.
"He's had great vision and insight in moving our athletic program forward, and I wish him and his family the very best."
Head Baseball Coach John Cohen:
"I really appreciate the energy and vision Greg had for MSU. I understand his situation and wish him well. I know that with the administrative staff we have Mississippi State, we will not miss a beat and we will continue on a progressive path of excellence."
University spokesperson says, "Head Women's Basketball Coach Sharon Fanning-Otis is in Pittsburgh preparing her team for tomorrow evening's second-round NCAA Tournament contest against Ohio State, and was not able to be reached immediately this morning."
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