Byrne leaving MSU for Arizona

In a statement, university president Mark Keenum said he respected and admired the job Byrne did at Mississippi State.

“I made every effort to convince Greg to remain in Starkville, including offering a generous package of financial incentives, but as he conveyed to me, his decision was driven by family considerations more than financial compensation,” Keenum said. “The strong foundation he laid has created tremendous momentum and excitement and given MSU fans much to cheer about, with the promise of greater things on the horizon.”