Texas A&M Hiring AD Eric Hyman Away From New SEC Rival

After Texas A&M athletic director Bill Byrne announced his retirement, a lengthy search concluded with Eric Hyman of South Carolina.

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Eric Hyman Reportedly Being Hired As New Texas A&M Athletic Director

When the SEC paired up South Carolina and new guys Texas A&M as an annual, cross-division rivalry, we didn't really have much history to go on between the two. That's changed now, as the Aggies are reportedly ready to announce South Carolina's Eric Hyman as their new AD, replacing the retired Bill Byrne.

So why make what would appear to some to be a lateral move? For one thing, much of Hyman's family lives in Fort Worth after his long tenure at TCU before his time in Columbia. Also, SEC blog Team Speed Kills has a whole lot of analysis on Hyman's Gamecocks legacy and where Carolina goes from here:

His legacy as South Carolina is largely, though not exclusively, positive. He hired Darrin Horn to coach the men's basketball team -- a mistake that cost the team several years before Hyman corrected things by hiring Frank Martin. The hiring of Dawn Staley for women's basketball has been a clear-cut success; she took the program to the Sweet Sixteen last season as part of a steady upward trajectory.

Hyman has also overseen a significant boost to the facilities in Columbia. But he's arguably had marginal impact on the two programs that will define his tenure: Steve Spurrier and baseball head coach Ray Tanner were already on campus when Hyman arrived. The facilities improvements have helped both, no doubt, but Hyman will leave Columbia having never hired a coach for either of the campus' two highest-profile programs.

Which perhaps magnifies the importance of the next athletics director for South Carolina. Steve Spurrier is not going to be around forever -- five years is probably the longest South Carolina fans can expect, with three or four being more likely. It is a near-certainty that the next athletics director will select the head coach who will either solidify the gains Spurrier has made or potentially lead the program right back where it was.

For more on Aggies football, visit SEC blog Team Speed Kills and SB Nation Houston.

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Texas A&M Likely To Replace Bill Byrne With Eric Hyman, According To Report

Texas A&M has been without a new athletic director for more than a month now, with Bill Byrne retiring early in May. Since then, Houston's Mack Rhoades and Georgia Tech's Dan Radakovich have been rumored targets, but each is staying put. Now South Carolina's Eric Hyman is reportedly the leader, with Chip Brown reporting some specifics:

Hyman has Texas experience, having run TCU's athletic department for 13 years previously, earning 2004 AD of the year honors there. He's also worked at Miami (Ohio) and VMI.

For more on Aggies football, visit SEC blog Team Speed Kills and SB Nation Houston.

For more on Cocks football, visit South Carolina blog Garnet And Black Attack, plus SEC blog Team Speed Kills.

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Mack Rhoades To Texas A&M Could Be A Smart Choice

Texas A&M is making its SEC debut with former Houston Cougars coach Kevin Sumlin at the helm. So if it was to replace athletic director Bill Byrne with UH's Mack Rhoades, as Brent Zwerneman reports is a possibility, might they next also take Houston's slightly more correct use of logo beveling?

The Houston side remains cautious about Rhoades making the hour-and-a-half drive to the northwest, but Sam Khan Jr. points out the excellent job the AD has done, from facilities to conference realignment to football success, and finds Rhoades to be an obviously desirable potential candidate. And he'd pair up with Sumlin again after hiring Tony Levine as UH's replacement.

Rhoades has been at Houston for three years, leading the Akron Zips previously. He also spent seven years with the UTEP Miners as an assistant. He also has Marquette and Yale athletic department experience, and Yale is pretty much the SEC these days, am I right? No.

For more on Aggies football, visit SEC blog Team Speed Kills and SB Nation Houston.

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