USC athletic director Eric Hyman flew out of New Orleans early Sunday morning after wrapping up SEC meetings connected to the league basketball tournament. He arrived back in Columbia right around 2:00 AM.
Now back in Columbia, Hyman will have to turn his attention towards the future of Darrin Horn as the Gamecocks’ head basketball coach.
Hyman has publicly supported Horn but that support is being challenged by a vocal part of the fan base calling for a change. Horn has suffered thru three straight losing seasons with this season ranking among the worst in school history.
Five members of the board of trustees, including chairman Miles Loadholt, have gone on record as saying Horn should be given at least another season. A six board member, however, told SportsTalkSC.com that a change needs to be made.
Horn has three years left on his contract with a total buyout of 2.4 million dollars. A decision from Hyman is not expected before Tuesday. The USC women will receive a bid to the NCAA Tournament Monday and Hyman, no doubt, does not want to make a news story that will take away from their moment.
For his part, Horn is going on as business as usual. He and his staff have resumed recruiting, scouting junior college talent in Texas as well as a high scoring guard in New York. Horn, even in the aftermath of defeat Thursday in the SEC Tournament, continues to maintain that he is building a program in the right way.
In the next few days, we will know if Hyman believes that to be the case.