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Staff writer Michael Smith covers colleges, golf and lacrosse.

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Alabama's Bill Battle Set To Retire, With School To Name Arizona's Greg Byrne As Next AD

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Arizona AD Greg Byrne will replace the retiring Bill Battle at Alabama, with Battle expected to transition into an advisory role with the school once Byrne takes the reins. Byrne is expected to begin March 1 in Tuscaloosa. Battle, 75, is retiring after almost four years at his alma mater. The f...

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