Texas A&M Football: South Carolina AD Will Regret Taking Job with Aggies
News has come out that South Carolina AD Eric Hyman, the man rumored to be the Texas A&M top choice to fill their athletic director position, has made it more than just a rumor. According to the Houston Chronicle, Hyman, who turned down the AD job at his alma mater North Carolina in 2011, has agreed to join the Aggies' staff, replacing Bill Byrne.
In theory that's a step up. The Aggies have a bigger budget, more money and a richer tradition of success in just about every sport. Yes, the Gamecocks' baseball program outpaces the Aggies' diamond squad; but beyond that, the folks in College Station have done plenty more.
The problem is not that Texas A&M is not a step-up gig for Hyman; most certainly in almost every respect it is. However, the issue is that Texas A&M is a job that can most certainly break you, unlike most step-ups where the difference is noticeable and the success can be quite palpable. With Texas A&M the only truly palpable difference is going to be the pressure and difficulty to achieve that ultimate goal, winning.
Should Eric Hyman have stayed at South Carolina?
Texas A&M is now in the SEC and with that comes the added competition on a week in and week out basis. Hyman was already doing that at South Carolina and was seeing big time positives with the measures he'd taken with the Gamecocks. While LSU, Alabama, Florida and possibly Georgia are the big time jobs to take in the SEC; Texas A&M, the new kids on the block, are still as much a mystery as to how their teams will perform in the league.
Hyman was best served remaining at South Carolina; a school where he helped construct a baseball legacy and oversaw the most winningest times in football history. Like Jeff Long at Arkansas, Hyman was the man with the Midas touch. Now, in College Station, he's going to be asked to construct success at a place that has a bit of an inferiority complex thanks to Texas; and in a conference that can't wait to smack them around.
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