And by “future”, I mean the not-so-distant future when Texas A&M officially becomes a member of the SEC.
Following up on rumors that have been circulating for days, South Carolina athletic director Eric Hyman announced his resignation to take the same position with A&M. Hyman replaces Bill Byrne, who, um, “retired” back in May.
“We wish Eric well in his next endeavor. The University of South Carolina bears the marks of his leadership- from enhanced facilities to the hiring of strong coaches to higher student graduation rates,” South Carolina president Harris Pastides said in a prepared statement. ”We will miss him on our team, but his legacy has made us stronger.”
“I am very excited for the opportunity to help transition Texas A&M into the Southeastern Conference,” said Hyman. “While this is a tremendous opportunity, the downside is leaving all the dedicated and loyal fans in Gamecock Nation and the best athletic department in the country. Pauline and I have loved living in Columbia. It will be sad to leave all the wonderful friends we have made.”
A&M faces a steep climb to be competitive in the SEC West, but the Aggies have a solid coach in Kevin Sumlin and hired a good AD in Hyman, who was able to lure basketball coach Frank Martin away from Kansas State.
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