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SBD/July 2, 2012/Colleges
Eric Hyman Named Texas A&M AD, Top Priority Will Be Kyle Field Renovation
Published July 2, 2012
GREAT EXPECTATIONS: In Houston, Brent Zwerneman cited sources as saying that Hyman and Georgia Tech AD Dan Radakovich "were two of the finalists for the job ... with Hyman the top target." Hyman is "expected to make nearly $1 million" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 6/30). In Dallas, Corbett Smith wrote Hyman's "experience meshes well with the demands expected" as A&M AD. Not only "does he have working knowledge of the SEC, Hyman managed a comparable-sized athletic budget in his time at South Carolina." At TCU and the Univ. of South Carolina, Hyman was "known for his work with facilities and capital improvements." Hyman is "familiar with the process of transitioning into a new conference." He was "instrumental in TCU's moves to Conference USA in 2001 and the Mountain West in 2005" (DALLASNEWS.com, 6/29). In College Station, Robert Cessna wrote Hyman "represents a splash hire that R. Bowen Loftin and company were looking for when Bill Byrne resigned in early May." Byrne did a "great job of building up an entire athletic department." The non-revenue sports "are in the best shape they've ever been." Hyman's job, however, will "be to build up the money makers." And to "make enough money to turn Kyle Field into one of the nation's greatest stadiums" (BRYAN-COLLEGE STATION EAGLE, 6/30).
TOUGH ACT TO FOLLOW: In Columbia, Ron Morris wrote the problem the Univ. of South Carolina faces is "finding the weaknesses of Eric Hyman's tenure." He "established a solid foundation for the athletics department that should serve USC well for years to come." His administrative skills "were second to none." He raised money "at record levels." He put his coaches "in position to win." Beyond all that, Hyman "stood up to the old guard by disregarding the general thinking that had permeated the athletics department" (Columbia STATE, 7/1).