South Carolina's Eric Hyman is a top choice to be North Carolina's next athletics director, a Raleigh TV station is reporting.
WRAL-TV reported Tuesday that Hyman and UNC spoke this past weekend and that there is mutual interest. The report says Hyman is UNC's "primary candidate."
Hyman is a North Carolina graduate and a former All-ACC football player for the Tar Heels. He joined USC in 2005 after serving as athletics director at TCU.
The Daily Gamecock newspaper reported via Twitter on Tuesday night that school President Harris Pastides said Hyman told him he had "unofficial contact" with UNC. Pastides told the newspaper that UNC has not contacted him about Hyman.
North Carolina is looking for a replace for current athletics director Dick Baddour. The next athletics director’s primary mission will be to fix the football mess.
Both UNC and USC made separate announcements Monday related to NCAA investigations.
North Carolina on Monday said it will vacate all 16 football victories from the 2008 and 2009 seasons, and reduce scholarships as part of self-imposed penalties following an NCAA investigation into the program. The school also put the football program on two years of probation as a result of the probe into athletes accepting improper benefits and academic misconduct.
In Monday's response to the NCAA's notice of allegations outlining nine violations, UNC said it will cut three scholarships for each of the next three academic years. The school will also pay a $50,000 fine, though it isn't imposing a postseason ban.
The same day, South Carolina received a Notice of Allegations from the NCAA that outlined $55,000 in extra benefits the NCAA alleges were given to Gamecocks athletes or prospective athletes. The letter charges the school with failure to monitor two potentially improper situations.
Baddour was paid $310,000 annually at UNC, while Hyman’s recent $75,000-a-year raise brings him close to $500,000 annually.
After receiving an amended contract from USC in July, Hyman said via statement: “I am a very lucky person and have been blessed to work with some outstanding people. While we’ve made some progress as an athletics department, we still have a lot of work in front of us.”