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Former WVU AD Shane Lyons Returns to Alabama as Executive AD and COO

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The University of Alabama announced on Monday afternoon that former West Virginia AD Shane Lyons will return to serve as the Executive AD and Chief Operating Officer. Lyons served as WVU’s Director of Athletics from 2015-22.

“I want to thank Greg Byrne for this tremendous opportunity to return to The University of Alabama,” Lyons said in a press release. “I have great respect for Greg and Alabama Athletics, and I am looking forward to returning to Tuscaloosa. My previous time at Alabama provided me with great opportunities, and I am eager to join Greg’s team and help the Crimson Tide continue to have one of the best and most successful departments in the nation.”

Prior to his seven years at West Virginia, Lyons served as Deputy Director of Athletics for Alabama from 2011-15.

Earlier on Monday, WV MetroNews’ Hoppy Kercheval reported that the recently dismissed Lyons and West Virginia University agreed on a buyout.

Report: WVU, Former AD Shane Lyons Agree to Buyout

Lyons’ buyout will land a $2.1 million, which is about roughly half as much as some were suggesting it could be upon the news of his termination. The Parkersburg, West Virginia native will also receive $312,000 for incentives he earned this year.

For West Virginia, the university is currently looking for Lyons’ replacement. WVU Interim AD Rob Alsop said last week that they would hire a new Director of Athletics within the next couple of weeks.

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Ethan Bock is pursuing his bachelor’s degree in journalism at WVU. Ethan has covered WVU men’s basketball, football and recruiting for the past two years. He is from Cincinnati, Ohio.

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