COLLEGE STATION -- Another huge shake-up at Texas A&M as the athletic director Bill Byrne announces in a press conference he's retiring after a decade on the job.
A new conference, a new football coach and now the hunt is on for a new athletic director after Bill Byrne announced today he's stepping down from his position.
"I'm here today to announce my retirement as athletic director at Texas A&M but it's been a great journey the last ten years."
While this decision wasn't very shocking, it was still very emotional.
"This is the tough part."
For almost an hour Byrne addressed his colleagues and the media about his decision to retire before his contract expires in 2013.
"As almost 30 years of an athletic director you take a lot of pounding in the job and I was tired and I was ready to go and I love my work but it was time."
President Loftin was not in attendance at today's meeting because he's at A&M's campus in Qatar but said in a phone interview that this decision wasn't made lightly.
"Clearly one wants to plan ahead in terms of transitioning to another A.D. and to not wait until the moment that a contract expires. So to that end Bill and I began conversing about this several months ago."
Byrne's retirement is effective August 31 2012.
Jonathan Thorton will serve as interim director until a replacement is found.