South Carolina athletics boss Eric Hyman is being connected with the athletics director opening at Tennessee.
A Nashville newspaper and a Knoxville website have raised the prospect of Hyman crossing the border, especially after frontrunner, Georgia Tech’s Dan Radakovich, fell out of consideration. This month, the Yellow Jackets were placed on four years probation and stripped of their 2009 ACC championship game victory for NCAA violations.
Tennessee is reeling from violations in its football and basketball programs that led athletics director Mike Hamilton to leave his job last month.
Hyman does not comment on rumors, USC athletics spokesman Steve Fink said Monday.
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South Carolina hired Hyman in 2005 from TCU, and he received a five-year extension that takes his contract through June 2015.
Hyman earns a guaranteed $422,000 a year and up to $75,000 in incentives. In addition, he can earn up to $250,000 in a retirement fund by 2015. He already earned another $250,000 retirement fund when his original deal ended in 2010.
Radakovich’s proposed deal with Tennessee was worth a $800,000 a year plus incentives, according to The (Nashville) Tennessean.
Hyman is credited with helping turn around USC’s finances, while finding ways to generate extra revenue to improve facilities. The football team won its first division title and the baseball team won two national championships under his watch.