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Hyman led TCU to 29 conference titles

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- TCU athletic director Eric Hyman is
expected to take the same position at the University of South
Carolina, The State newspaper reported Friday.

The newspaper said Hyman would be introduced Saturday before the
Gamecocks' Garnet and Black football game.

Steve Fink, director of athletic media relations at TCU, said
Friday the school would neither confirm nor deny the report.

South Carolina spokesman Russ McKinney said Friday that the
university had no comment.

Hyman spent 11 years at Furman as an assistant football coach
and later as an administrator. He has been at TCU since December
1997.

Named the national athletic director of the year for 2003-04,
Hyman has been a finalist for several high-profile AD jobs,
including SEC schools Tennessee and Georgia. He also was contacted
about AD vacancies this year at Ohio State and Arizona State.

The 54-year-old was one of six known candidates to interview
during the three-month search for a successor to Mike McGee, who
plans to retire June 30. USC President Andrew Sorensen, who
conducted the search by himself, received applications from nearly
40 candidates.

The university interviewed Hyman, Southern Conference
commissioner Danny Morrison, LSU associate AD Dan Radakovich, and
three internal candidates -- Gamecocks baseball coach Ray Tanner and
senior associate ADs Chris Massaro and Brad Edwards, the newspaper
reported.

Hyman was the Street & Smith's SportsBusiness Journal's choice
as top national AD for 2003-04, when the Horned Frogs captured four
Conference USA titles and finished second in nine other sports. The
school has won 29 conference crowns under Hyman, who had previous
AD stints at Miami of Ohio and Virginia Military Institute.

Before a 5-6 mark in 2004, TCU's football team went to six
consecutive bowls and won 10 or more games each year from 2000 to
2003. Last spring, TCU's baseball team reached the NCAA tournament
for the third time.