On a night devoted to football, Alabama athletic director Greg Byrne talked about four other sports during a brief meeting with reporters before the 23rd annual DEX Imaging Reese’s Senior Bowl L’Arche Football Preview in Mobile on Thursday.
As he sat down to field questions, Byrne checked the score of Alabama’s NCAA super-regional softball game against Florida before turning to baseball. Byrne fired baseball coach Greg Goff on Wednesday after the Crimson Tide went 19-34-1 and finished last in the SEC in 2016, Goff’s only season.
“Any time you go through a coaching change like this, it’s a tough time for everybody involved, most importantly, the coaches and their families,” Byrne said. “Then you want to make sure the guys on the team are OK.”
“The reality is we feel confident there’s going to be a lot of really good baseball coaches who are interested in our opportunity,” Byrne said. “Alabama’s a very special place. We’ve got some great resources and great tradition and a very passionate fan base and a lot of really good high school talent in the state of Alabama. But on top of that, our brand of the University of Alabama allows us to recruit nationally as well.
“Actually, I’ve been spending a little bit of time studying our past rosters of some of our top teams, which is actually what I did at Arizona, too, when I hired the baseball coach there a couple of years ago. I wanted to look to see when teams had success, where were those kids coming from, and actually we’ve had some pretty good national success in recruiting in the past at Alabama, and I think that’s something that we’ll keep in mind as we look at what our options are this time.”