April 14, 2005
One of the up-and-coming names in college athletic administration could be on the short list of candidates for the vacant athletic director position at Arizona State.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, citing unnamed sources, reported Tuesday that Texas Christian athletic director Eric Hyman, named by Street & Smith’s Sports-Business Journal as the national athletics director of the year in 2003-04, is a candidate to succeed Gene Smith at ASU.
Hyman, a North Carolina native, was a finalist for the AD jobs at both Georgia and Tennessee last year and the Star-Telegram said he was also believed to be on Ohio State’s list before they hired Smith last month. He is also one of six finalists for the current opening at South Carolina, and reportedly would seek that job first before coming to Arizona.
Hyman, 54, did not return phone calls to his office on Wednesday. When reached Tuesday by the Star-Telegram about his interest in ASU or South Carolina, he said. "It’s a personal matter. I don’t discuss that. I’ve never applied for a job since I’ve been at TCU, and I’m still sitting here.’’
ASU spokesman Virgil Renzulli said Wednesday it is too early in the process to discuss candidates at this time.
TCU has won 29 conference championships since Hyman arrived in 1997. Just over a year ago, the school made a big move from Conference USA to the Mountain West Conference and several new athletic facilities are in the construction phase.