Greg Byrne and Larry Templeton are 26 years apart in age, but linked by one thing besides the fact Byrne just replaced Templeton as Mississippi State’s athletic director.
They have always been at home in a college athletic department.
Byrne, 36, followed his father Bill, a 30-year-plus veteran as an athletic administrator, from school to school; wherever Dad’s work took the Byrnes.
“We didn’t hunt and we didn’t fish, so the way we spent quality time as a family was we went to ballgames,” Greg said.
Templeton, 62, a 1969 Mississippi State graduate born in Starkville 50 yards from the football stadium, has worked in the State athletic department all but two years since graduation and just ended a 21-year run as athletic director.
“I’ve been fortunate to live my dream, and not very many people had that opportunity,” Templeton said. “I’ve given everything I had to Mississippi State.
And now, it’s Byrne’s turn.
He’s what he wanted to be