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Byrne Scheduled to Lead SEC Transition Meeting Monday

As Texas A&M transitions to its new athletics home, Southeastern Conference officials will be on campus Monday to go over rules and regulations that A&M will now be adhering to going forward.

A spokesperson for Aggie Athletics says SEC Commissioner Mike Slive is due to be a part of the meetings, but likely more notably, Athletic Director Bill Byrne is scheduled to lead those meetings. He has been out of town over the past few days.

Friday, A&M President R. Bowen Loftin got the go-ahead from the System Board of Regents to negotiate Byrne's terms of employment. Byrne's contract is set to expire August 31, 2013, but both he and Loftin have openly discussed that Byrne's time in Aggieland may come to an end quicker than that.

Friday, the president was asked whether Byrne would be back in the fall for the first Aggie campaign in the SEC.

"I can't speculate about that at this time," Loftin said. "We haven't completed our discussions yet. Again, at the proper time, he and I will both come forward publicly and discuss exactly what will happen."

Loftin is currently in the Middle East for meetings at A&M's Qatar campus.

Byrne discussed Monday's SEC meetings in his most recent Wednesday Weekly column on the Aggie Athletics website.

"Seven of the SEC staff will be here for a seminar with our staff and coaches to answer their questions and inform them on SEC operations, rules, and procedures," he wrote. "This seminar is required of any new coach who joins the SEC. Usually the coach must travel to the SEC office in Birmingham for the seminar before they are permitted to recruit."

The Weekly before, Byrne addressed the transition out of his athletic director spot.

"I've been looking forward to my life after athletics. I will be right there with all of you rooting for our teams and watching Texas A&M strive for championships," he wrote. "This is a wonderful time at Texas A&M and I look forward to announcing, with President Loftin's support, my next steps."

Since he left another former Big 12 school, Nebraska, to replace Wally Groff in December 2002, the Aggies have captured 15 national championships one womens basketball, seven in equestrian and six in outdoor track and field. Four of those 15 titles came during the 2010-2011 school year alone. Add to that 41 championships in the conference of record, according to AggieAthletics.com. Since the 2006-2007 season, no Big 12 school has won more titles than A&M.

There have also been $85 million in facilities upgrades in the Byrne era, including Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park, the basketball Cox-McFerrin Center and the McFerrin Athletic Center for football and track.


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