State seeking new AD

“I do truly want somebody to bring a lot of energy, who is highly motivated, who’s a visionary, and can pick up on the momentum that we’ve got going,” Keenum said Monday afternoon.

Byrne began informing co-workers of his departure early Monday and told the entire staff at an 8:45 a.m. meeting. Football coach Dan Mullen said Byrne was “very emotional” when he told him about his decision shortly before the staff meeting.

Byrne wouldn’t comment Monday.