Columbia, SC (WLTX, AP) - Eric Hyman has resigned as USC's Athletics Director to take the same job at Texas A&M.
The move had been reported by various sources earlier in the day, but the news became official late Friday afternoon when the school confirmed it on its website.
"I am very excited for the opportunity to help transition Texas A&M into the Southeastern Conference," said Hyman in a statement. "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."
"We wish Eric well in his next endeavor," said USC President Harris Pastides. "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," Dr. Pastides said. "We will miss him on our team, but his legacy has made us stronger."
The 61-year-old Hyman has spent the past seven years as the Gamecocks' AD and is a former athletic director at TCU.
Texas A&M is officially joining the Southeastern Conference on Sunday after leaving the Big 12 and Hyman's experience in the SEC should help the Aggies make the transition.
During his tenure at South Carolina, the Gamecocks enjoyed an unprecedented level of athletic success. The baseball team won two national titles and the football team won a program-record 11 games last year.
The move makes sense on a personal level, since Hyman's adult children live in Fort Worth, Texas.
Pastides has appointed an advisory team to make recommendations on the search process including the appointment of an interim athletic director. This committee will also develop a position description that reflects the new and growing opportunities the position offers. Members are William C. Hubbard '74, `77, chair of the USC Board of Trustees Intercollegiate Athletics Committee; Dawn Staley, head coach, women's basketball; Thomas E. "Tommy" Suggs `71, president/CEO, Keenan Suggs Insurance and Carolina broadcaster; I.S. Leevy Johnson '68, Columbia attorney; and Charles F. Adams, clinical assistant professor at USC. An interim athletic director appointment is expected within a week.