Texas A&M AD Confirms Voicemail, Issues Apology

Last night I posted audio from an angry voicemail that Texas A&M Athletic Director Bill Byrne recently left to a fan who had sent him a critical and off-color email. In a statement on A&M’s official website today, Byrne acknowledged that he left the voicemail and apologized:

Bill Byrne Apology For Voicemail

After reading over 200 similar e-mails the other night, I finally had one set me off and I called the writer. I’m a very competitive person and like many of you, I was raised not to back down when challenged. I’ve also got a bit of an Irish temper which came across in my voicemail. 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.

As I wrote last night, Aggie fans are mostly incensed at Byrne over the school reportedly resisting overtures from the SEC and the perception that Texas dictated the terms of the Big 12’s survival.

Texas A&M Athletic Director Bill Byrne Voicemail To A&M Fan

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Texas A&M AD Audio: Fan ‘Needs His Ass Kicked’

In the aftermath of Texas A&M ensuring the survival of the Big 12 by spurning the SEC, two Texas media sources who cover the Big 12 told me today that Texas A&M Athletic Director Bill Byrne has been besieged by angry Aggie fans over the school’s decision.

Texas A&M Athletic Director Bill Byrne Voicemail To A&M Fan

(Byrne Actually Wanted To Bolt Big 12 For SEC)

My sources indicated the reason for that dissatisfaction is two-fold.

1) A&M fans wanted to go to the SEC to finally escape the shadow of the Univ. of Texas.
2) A&M fans are upset that Texas essentially dictated the conditions required for the Big 12’s survival.

This afternoon I was forwarded a voicemail from a media source alleged to be Texas A&M Athletic Director Bill Byrne. In the voicemail, Byrne is angrily responding to an email he received from a Texas A&M fan. Read more…