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In the interview, Byrne wanted to know about recruiting.
"I want to see us have a bigger presence in Texas," he said. "I knew he'd been here before (as an A&M assistant in 1990-91). He came into the meeting and said, 'Gig 'em.' He had us figured out. And he talked about recruiting Texas. That was music to my ears."
At that point, Byrne, who had brought Billy Gillispie and Mark Turgeon to College Station, was well on his way to hiring his third men's basketball coach at A&M.