Bill Battle retiring as Alabama's AD, accepting new role with university

Bill Battle retiring as Alabama's AD, accepting new role with university

TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) - Bill Battle announced Sunday night that he is retiring as Alabama's Director of Athletics.

"It's been a distinct privilege and honor serving as Director of Athletics these last four years," Battle said in a university-issued press release. "When I took over this role my wife, Mary, and I made a commitment to serving four years and I am pleased to have been able to do just that."

Battle took over for the late Mal Moore in March 2013.

"There are so many people in the department who do a great job every day to make the Crimson Tide successful. I am deeply grateful to each and every one of them for their extraordinary efforts and loyalty to the University. Being able to lead this department has been an honor and a privilege for which I am most grateful," he continued in the release.

Battle will take on a new role as a Special Assistant to President Stuart R. Bell.

"Bill has done a tremendous job as Director of Athletics, and has accomplished so much during his career," Bell said in a press release."His business expertise, coupled with his coaching experience and his strong understanding of the role an athletic department has in the daily fabric of a university, has allowed us to achieve the great successes we have enjoyed during his tenure.  We are blessed to have the continued benefit of his counsel."

Battle will remain the leader of the athletics department until a successor transitions into the role, according to Bell. is reporting Arizona athletic director Greg Byrne is expected to be named to the same role at Alabama as soon as Monday.

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