South Carolina’s Board of Trustees will vote Friday on an amendment to athletics director Eric Hyman’s contract. which would keep him at USC, the board’s chairman told The State on Thursday.
Chairman Miles Loadholt’s last conversation with Hyman led him to believe that USC’s sixth-year athletics director will be staying at the school, Loadholt said.
“He expressed every intention of staying with University of South Carolina,” Loadholt said.
USC and Hyman reached agreement Thursday morning on the key details of the new deal, and Hyman informed school officials he would be staying in Columbia barring any last-minute snags in the process, a separate source with knowledge of the board’s dealings said.
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Hyman will receive a raise that will include immediate and deferred money, the source said. However, the source cautioned the deal will not be final until Friday's Board of Trustees meeting.
Hyman earns a guaranteed $422,000 per year and can earn up to $75,000 in incentives. Also, he can earn up to $250,000 in a retirement fund by 2015.
South Carolina’s hand was forced this week by two job openings to which Hyman’s name has been linked. North Carolina, Hyman’s alma mater, reached out to Hyman to gauge his interest after the resignation of Dick Baddour, a source told The State. Tennessee also needs an athletics director after being rebuffed last week by LSU athletics director Joe Aleva.
Board member Chuck Allen confirmed a new deal for Hyman will be voted on Friday.
“Hopefully, it’s going to be done (Friday),” Allen said. “It’s not anything major. It’s just kind of tweaking mostly. There’s a little more (financial) incentive.”
Like Loadholt, Allen said he believes Hyman’s intention is to stay at South Carolina.
“That’s my understanding, but we need to get this contractual issue resolved so we can go ahead and get it behind us,” Allen said.
Hyman could not be reached immediately for comment, a school spokesperson said. University president Harris Pastides declined comment, citing personnel privacy issues.