West Virginia has parted with athletic director Shane Lyons, the university announced Monday. Lyons leaves amid mounting pressure, which reached a head Sunday during a tense meeting with school president E. Gordon Gee, who offered Lyons a chance to relinquish his athletic director role but stay on as the school's associate vice president, according to West Virginia MetroNews.

Rob Alsop, a university vice president for strategic initiatives, has been named interim AD while a search begins for Lyons' replacement. 

"I deeply appreciate Shane's leadership over the past eight years and I wish him well," said Gee in a statement. "But with the ever-changing landscape of intercollegiate athletics, I believe this is an opportunity to bring a fresh perspective to our program."