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Posted: Monday, March 22, 2010 9:06 am | Updated: 3:45 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

STARKVILLE, Miss. — Greg Byrne has taken the job as athletic director at Arizona.

Mississippi State University President Mark Keenum announced Monday that the formal announcement will be made Wednesday in Tucson. Byrne could not be immediately reached for comment.

Keenum said he offered Byrne a new financial package but was turned down.

The Byrne was named MSU athletic director in February 2008, succeeding Larry Templeton. Keenum says a national search will begin immediately for Byrne's successor.

The 38-year-old Byrne is a 1994 graduate of Arizona State and earned a master degree from MSU in 2009.

His tenure at MSU included the hiring of Dan Mullen, a former Florida assistant, as head football coach.

He was hired as an assistant athletic director at MSU in June 2006 from Kentucky, where he held a similar position.

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