COLUMBIA -- If South Carolina athletic director Eric Hyman was considering a move, the school's board Friday gave him an incentive to stay put and continue his work to improve facilities.
Hyman received a $75,000 annual raise to his current salary, although the new contract did not include an extension. Hyman, at USC since 2005, is under contract through June 2015.
Hyman had been mentioned for recent AD openings at Tennessee and North Carolina, his alma mater. This indicates he will see through what he started at USC.
"I appreciate the confidence that (USC president Harris) Pastides and the board of trustees have shown with this contract amendment," Hyman said. "I am a very lucky person and have been blessed to work with some outstanding people."
Hyman's primary objective upon arriving at South Carolina was to increase fundraising, which would then allow the school to play catchup on its athletic facilities. With a new baseball stadium and academic learning center -- and several structures under construction in the athletic village -- Hyman has the school on its way to competing with the rest of the SEC in its ongoing arms race.
"While we've made some progress as an athletics department, we still have a lot of work in front of us," Hyman said. "Our objectives remain the same -- to be a difference- maker in the lives of our student-athletes, and for our fans and supporters to be proud of their athletics department."
Hyman, of course, was the AD on staff when the school won its first -- and second -- men's national championships. Associate baseball coach Chad Holbrook again reaped the benefits of those titles. He received a two-year extension on top of the three-year deal he signed last summer. Holbrook, who flirted with the Tennessee opening, is under contract through the 2015 season. His salary went from $160,000 to $176,000 as a result of the new deal.
"It's been a great three years in Columbia for me and my family," Holbrook said. "I look forward to helping the South Carolina baseball team continue to compete for championships for many years to come."
The contract of Holbrook's immediate boss, coach Ray Tanner, was not on the docket Friday at the board meeting. But it figures to be soon enough. Tanner received a healthy bump in October, following last year's initial title. His deal, which pays $510,000 a year, is good through the 2015 season.
Another raise for Tanner could be based on the fact that Vanderbilt coach Tim Corbin just received a contract in the neighborhood of $700,000 annually.
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