A new era of Alabama athletics will begin officially on March 1 when Greg Byrne takes over as athletic director for the outgoing Bill Battle. 

Byrne leaves the University of Arizona after nearly seven years in Tuscon, where he oversaw major renovations and high levels of success within his department. He was introduced to the media in Tuscaloosa on Thursday and his plan and vision for Alabama moving forward.

Following his hire, Travis Reier had a chance to spend some time talking with Arizona Daily Star sports editor Ryan Finley about Byrne and his impact on the Wildcats. Finley was able to provide some perspective from the southwest and share some insight into how fans are taking the news.

You can listen to that entire interview in the video above.