JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- Most kids want to be firefighters or pitchers. Greg Byrne can't remember ever wanting to be anything other than an athletic director.
Mississippi State's incoming leader became the youngest major college athletic director in the nation Friday when he moved into his new office. The 36-year-old has been focused on this goal since he first learned what a fundraiser was at age 5.
Bill Byrne, Greg's father and an athletic director himself, says his son first said it in a third-grade paper about what he wanted to be when he grew up.
Bill Byrne became AD at Oregon when he was 38. He says his son likes to remind him that he's two years younger.
Born November 29, 1971, Byrne is 10 days younger than Miami's Kirby Hocutt among ADs at Football Bowl Subdivision schools.