A&M AD Bill Byrne Curses Out an Aggie Alum

By: Shane McAuliffe Email
By: Shane McAuliffe Email

Aggie alumni, students and fans are divided about Texas A&M University's decision to stay in the Big 12 and the bitter feelings are spilling over.

Internet message boards have been on fire and one Aggie went as far as to email A&M Athletics Director Bill Byrne.

The contents of that email caused Byrne to respond strongly and when we say strongly, we mean you may want to cover your ears when you hear what he says.

"This is Bill Byrne, I'm the athletic director at Texas A&M," said Byrne is a message left on an Aggie alumni's voicemail.

"I just got an email from someone named Roger Roge, or something like that, asking if I still have my tongue up DeLoss Dodds' a - - " said Byrne.

Byrne left the message for the person who sent him a nasty email.

It starts off with a vulgar hello then ridicules Byrne, A&M president Bowen Loftin, and the A&M Board of Regents, minus Gene Stallings, for their decision not to join the SEC and stay in the Big 12.

"I'm 65-years-old and people don't say those kinds of things to me," said Byrne.

The writer closes the email saying they hoped Byrne would have time to pull his tongue out of a certain body part of University of Texas' Men's Athletic Director DeLoss Dodds in order to read the email.

"Someone who has no guts to write something like that needs to have their ass kicked," said Byrne.

That voice mail was the hot topic on sports talk radio.

"It's refreshing that there is someone like him that will say, I've made a decision and I stand by it. If you want to talk about it face to face, let's do it," said one caller.

"I'm glad to see someone at A&M finally putting their foot down and doing what's right because I think this program has been lacking that kind of strength, some backbone," said another caller.

"That guy, the AD was right on. That kid who wrote the email, I would slap the snot out of his nose," said a Baylor grad.

Now we tried to get a hold of Byrne for an interview about the voice mail at 9:30 Wednesday morning but never heard back from the University. We called again in the early afternoon and we were told that the issue would be talked about on the Wednesday Weekly.

In his online statement, Byrne talked about the email that quote "set him off". He went on to say.."I regretted what I said as soon as I hung up. I should have been above that, and I made a mistake. For those of you who were offended by my response, I apologize, and I assure you that it will not happen again."

In that statement Byrne goes on to address about a dozen other allegations, complaints and concerns he's had about the decision to stay with the Big 12 including his apology for that voice mail.

We will have all four pages of that statement attached to this story.

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