Hyman led TCU to 29 conference titles

Updated: April 15, 2005, 1:12 PM ET
Associated Press

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.

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