Outgoing USC Director Eric Hyman says just because Ray Tanner is a great college baseball coach doesn’t mean he will make a great athletic director. Since Hyman stepped down just over a week ago there has been growing support for Tanner to replace him as the CEO of Gamecock athletics. Hyman isn’t sure that is a great idea.
“I think he is one of the best, if not the best coach I have ever been associated with,” Hyman said on SportsTalk Monday night. “Being an athletic director is different. And I would say this to Ray, I would say this to anybody. ”
Since taking over in 1997 Tanner has led the USC baseball team to the College World Series six times and has won two of the past three national championships. But in Hyman’s eyes knowing when to pinch hit or pull a pitcher doesn’t mean you are capable of running a multimillion dollar athletic department.
“Being an athletic director is a very complicated complex job with a lot of moving parts and whereas in baseball there is more black and white. As a coach there is more black and white and as an administrator you have a lot more gray so you really got to be able to change you mindset a little bit and be able to adapt and adjust to it. It is not as rigid as a coach and sometimes people have a difficult time making that transition from a coaching profession to the administration.”
Hyman said it isn’t his call, but if it were up to him he would suggest USC conduct a national search for a new athletic director.
“The university needs to do, what the university wants to do as far as the next athletic director. They know better. It is not my position to be involved in that. They need to decide what they think is in best interest of the school and if Ray’s it, he is certainty capable. He is a very,very talented baseball coach and he’s got talent and it is going to be a learning curve for him and so what he needs to do is have a strong staff to be able to support him and assist.”
Hyman and Tanner have a history that dates back to their time together at N.C. State. It hasn’t been a secret that the two didn’t always see eye to eye on things, but their relationship has always been professional at USC. Hyman will remain on the USC payroll until the end of July.
Check out the full interview below:
AUDIO: Eric Hyman SportsTalk interview [13:17]