New UA Athletic Director to make $900k


Rebecca Rakowitz

Pending approval by the UA Board of Trustees and Compensation Committee, Greg Byrne, the new director of athletics at The University of Alabama, is set to make $900,000 a year, according to the Tuscaloosa News.

Byrne, who previously served as director of athletics at the University of Arizona, started working at the University on March 1, replacing former Director of Athletics Bill Battle.

Through an open records request, The Tuscaloosa News found that the University paid the Turnkey Search firm $100,000 to find Battle’s replacement, along with $6,700 in related expenses all through the Crimson Tide Foundation.

A $900,000 salary would place Byrne amongst the top dozen or so highest-paid athletics directors in the country. He makes roughly the same amount as Kevin White from Duke University, Jeff Long from the University of Arkansas, Jamie Pollard from Iowa State University and Dave Brandon of the University of Michigan.  

Over half a dozen ADs make more than $1 million a year, and the top paid athletics director, according to USA Today, is David Williams. Williams is Vanderbilt University’s vice chancellor for athletics and university affairs and makes $3.24 million per year.