WEB EXTRA: GREG BYRNE PRESS CONFERENCE

Greg Byrne

Alabama director of athletics Greg Byrne meets with the media after announcing the termination of Greg Goff as the Crimson Tide baseball coach.


The Greg Goff era has come to an end for the University of Alabama’s baseball team.

Goff lasted only one season as the Tide’s head coach — one of the worst in Alabama baseball history. Only 19 wins overall and just five in the Southeastern Conference, for a total of 19-34-1 and 5-24-1 in the SEC.

Alabama Director of Athletics Greg Byrne hosted a news conference Wednesday afternoon, explaining the decision.

Pitching coach Terry Rooney is taking over on an interim basis, Byrne said.

Goff signed a five-year deal worth $450,000 per year on June 17, 2016. The Tuscaloosa News reported Tuesday that Goff attempted to reduce or revoke scholarships to 10 players, which is a violation of NCAA rules. Despite that event, Goff was fired without cause, Byrne said, and will be paid the remainder of his contract.

During the conference, Byrne was asked point-blank whether the baseball program broke any NCAA rules, but Byrne said there were no violations.

The decision was based on what’s best for the program, Byrne said.

“We felt this was the best decision going forward for our baseball program, and that’s why they made the decision,” Byrne said. “You look at these situations when it comes to coaches and you decide what is the best long-term solution for our program, not based off our season or anything like that. It’s based off of the long-term health of the program.”

Byrne set no timetable for hiring a new coach.

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