Texas A&M Football: What Aggies Need to Know About Their Next Athletic Director

Michael Taglienti@@miketag98Featured ColumnistJuly 1, 2012

COLLEGE STATION, TX - SEPTEMBER 26:  The Southeastern Conference logo and the Texas A&M Aggies logo is seen on a screen during a press conference for Texas A&M accepting an invitation to join the Southeastern Conference on September 26, 2011 in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Aaron M. Sprecher/Getty Images)
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According to ESPN, Eric Hyman has been named as the next athletic director at Texas A&M. Hyman will replace Bill Byrne who retired after nine years in Aggieland.

Hyman spent the last five years as the athletic director at South Carolina. As the ESPN article points out, he led the Gamecocks to a unprecendented success in football and baseball. Under his watch, Ray Tanner led the South Carolina baseball team to back to back national titles in baseball in 2010 and 2011. 

The football team set a school record for wins in 2011 with 11, and won their first SEC East division title in 2010. Hyman recently hired former Kansas State basketball coach Frank Martin to take over the men's program at South Carolina.

Hyman was the athletic director at TCU before taking the job at South Carolina. While he was the athletic director at TCU, the Horned Frogs won 32 conference titles. His two adult children still reside in Forth Worth, Texas. Hyman has extensive ties to both Texas and the SEC.

Hyman is well respected among his peers. He was named the 2003-2004 Athletic Director of the Year by Streets & Smith Business Journal. Before going to TCU, Hyman was the athletic director at Miami of Ohio and VMI.

Hyman will be tasked with taking over one of the top athletic programs in the country and building on that success. While the Aggies have seen consistent success in all of their programs, the football team has lagged behind the rest.

The Aggies were 7-6 in 2011 and are about to enter their inaugural season in the Southeastern Conference. Hyman is going to be expected to accomplish what Bill Byrne could not, which is to build the football program into a consistent top 15 program.

There is a very solid foundation in place. The Ags are currently raising funds for facility improvements for football. Hyman's first big project at A&M will likely be the renovation or rebuild of Kyle Field.

Hyman should expect a significant raise when he takes over. Bill Byrne's salary was more than twice as much as Hyman's at South Carolina.