AD Greg Byrne eyeing bigger prizes for Arizona

By The Associated Press

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Greg Byrne had an impressive first school year as Arizona’s athletic director.

The former AD at Mississippi State, Byrne took over in Tucson in May 2010 and helped guide a resurgence in Arizona’s sports.

The men’s basketball team, after a couple years of turmoil, came within a game of the Final Four. The football team reached three straight bowl games for the second time in its history despite a late-season losing streak.

The entire athletics department was back among the top 20 in the Director’s Cup, an annual ranking that measures overall athletic success.

A good start, but Byrne wants more, particularly another national championship in basketball and the Rose Bowl trip in football.