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The contract terms of the newly hired Texas A&M athletic director Eric Hayman have been released, and the deal will pay Hayman $5 million over five years. That is over a 30 percent increase over what Texas A&M was paying their prior athletic director Bill Byrne. Byrne was making $690,000 per season running the athletic department before he resigned.
Hayman did excellent work at South Carolina which played a big roll in Texas A&M hiring him away. He helped lead South Carolina to great success. The baseball team went to three straight College World Series and won two, the football made it to their first ever SEC title game in 2010 and he was able to land Frank Martin from Kansas State to rebuild their last place basketball team.
If Hayman can bring similar success to the Aggies athletic programs then his $1 million per year contract is going to be worth every penny.
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Eric Hyman accepted an offer to become the new athletic director of Texas A&M, the Associated Press has reported.
Hyman will be replacing Bill Byrne as head of the Aggies athletic department, after Byrne retired from the position earlier this year. Hyman, 61, has spent the last seven season in South Carolina as the Gamecocks' AD, but he has ties in Texas as the former TCU athletic director as well.
South Carolina has had a great deal of success under Hyman's leadership. The baseball team won two national championships. The football team reached its first SEC championship game in 2010 then won a program-record 11 games the next year with Steve Spurrier as head coach.
The NCAA did, however, uncover three major violations of the Gamecocks' during Hyman's tenure, including failure to monitor the department because of violations in the football and track programs.
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The Texas A&M Aggies are looking for a new athletic director ever since Bill Byrne decided to resign with one year left on his contract back on May 8. So far few names have been linked to the job and the latest is Georgia Tech athletic director Dan Radakovich, but he has denied having been contacted or any interest in taking the Texas A&M opening.
Texas A&M is holding a regents meeting this Friday and the top item on the agenda is to find a new athletic director:
"Authorization for the President of Texas A&M University to take any and all action to identify a candidate; and negotiate and execute an employment agreement with such candidate as Texas A&M University's Athletic Director."
Texas A&M has been looking for their successor at the athletic director position ever since Bill Byrne retired back on May 8, and ever since they have been looking for his replacement to led the Aggies into the SEC.
The latest name to pop up is Dan Radakovich who is the athletic director for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. However, Radakovich denies about being contacted about the Texas A&M opening:
In an e-mail, Radakovich dismissed the report's accuracy, writing that he has "not had a minute to think about another job."
"I am sure Texas A&M is a great job," Radakovich said. "But I have one at Tech."
Radakovich has been with Gorgia Tech since 2006 and would be a good candidate for Texas A&M to go after since he has worked in the SEC at South Carolina as an associate athletic director and also at LSU as the senior associate athletic director.
However, Radakovich made it very clear that he does not have the time or is interested in taking the Texas A&M athletic director job.
On Tuesday, Texas A&M Aggies athletic director Bill Byrne officially announced his retirement at a press conference at Kyle Field., a former Aggies basketball player and coach who had been acting as associate AD, was named as the interim athletic director.
Brent Zwerneman of the San Antonio Express-News and the Houston Chronicle was on hand at the press conference and gathered up some tidbits of information surrounding the move.
The remainder of Byrne's contract will be bought out by the school. Byrne was reportedly very professional when saying goodbye to the front office and challenged the staff to continue to build champions at A&M. From Tuesday through aug. 31 of this year, Byrne will act as "special advisor A&M president."
The athletic director search committee will be headed up by regent Jim Wilson and, who is the A&M VP for marketing and communications.
Texas A&M Aggies athletic director of almost 10 years Bill Byrne is announcing his retirement on Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. at Kyle Field. Texas A&M associate athletic director John Thornton, a former A&M basketball player and coach, will serve as interim athletic director while a search for a long term solution begins, an A&M official told the Houston Chronicle.
Byrne still has a year left on his contract, which pays him $690,000 annually, and he will be paid the money left on that contract which expires in August 2013. Until September 1, Byrne will serve as an assistant to university president R. Bowen Loftin before leaving the university as an employee altogether.
The Byrne retirement had been in the making for a while, but he still helped lead meetings with SEC officials Monday after returning to campus from a trip.
Texas A&M athletic director Bill Byrne is announcing his retirement at a press conference at Kyle Field at 12:30 p.m., as he informed his staff on Monday at a social gathering in the university's Lettermen Lounge.
The Houston Chronicle cited a source who said Byrne was "very professional" and a bit emotional in urging his staff to continue "building champions" at A&M. That's been Byrne's motto since he arrived on campus almost 10 years ago with former head football coach Dennis Franchione.
The Chronicle also cited an A&M insider from last December saying Byrne would be gone before the Aggies officially entered the SEC, because of a growing rift between the administration and Byrne, who had defended football coach Mike Sherman all the way up until Sherman's Dec. 1 firing by Loftin. Sherman's firing was also an issue on campus, as the student newspaper The Battalion expressed its disdain as well.
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The Texas A&M Aggies are going to make the transition to the SEC without their athletic director of almost 10 years, as reports indicate Bill Byrne is set to retire from his position on Tuesday.
There will be a news conference in College Station in which Byrne is expected to discuss his decision and "make an announcement regarding his future" an unknown source told the Associated Press late Monday night.
Byrne's lasting legacy will be making the move to the SEC, which goes officially goes into effect on July 1. The move has been met with mixed reactions, considering how that along with the Texas Longhorns "booked non-conference schedule" puts a hold on the Texas vs. Texas A&M football rivalry that has been a part of the state's history for generations, beginning in 1894 and every year since 1915.
Byrne came to A&M in 2003.
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