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Hyman hired Dawn Staley.
Not exactly correct.The real people who made Carolina stadium was not Hyman or MM. It was President Sorenson and Rick Kelly. I was not a big fan of Sorenson but he deserves all the credit in the world for making it happen especially when MM was dragging his feet to get it going. Plans were in the works during the last years of MM regime to either a.) renovate the Sarge, b.) build a new Carolina only stadium or c.) build a new shared stadium with the Columbia Bumblers (which btw was something that MoRon had a hard on for. That should tell you all you need to know about that project). Renovating the Sarge after studies were done proved unfeasible. That left the options b and c I mentioned above. MM was leaning towards the shared stadium. Fortunately that fell through. Then the hold up was where to locate it. The plan was to build it next to the Colonial Life Center but that was impractical due to underground utitilities and a large easement. The final nail in that coffin was the City shooting down the location due to parking and congestion that they supposedly fear an additional facility would create. The realty of the city's decision was that it was retributuion to the university for refusing to build a shared stadium with the Bumblers.
When the stadium near the Colonial Center fell through Rick Kelly came into touch with the Guinyards for the current location. Things started to pick up at the very beginning of Hyman's tenure especially after Texas A&M approached Coach Tanner. But again most of that was driven by Sorenson who made things happen to keep Coach Tanner and due to Rick Kelly's discussions to purchase the property from the Guinyards.
This post was edited by Bosscock 18 months ago
I believe he did the hiring for a couple other minor sports as well.
For some reason I will never understand, some of our fans will never be able to give Hyman credit. He was National AD of the Year at TCU and then left for a better job. Seriously, how many of our past coaches/administrators can you name that did that? He came into a mess of a situation at USC and made a plan and carried it out rather publicly and
impressively. Our basketball program has been a mess for the better part of 30 years other than a couple of years under Fogler. At least now there is some hope with Martin. Hyman was not perfect and he steppef on some toes, as most leaders do. He was very effective, though.
Doesn't matter if you consider WBB to be minor or not, he still hired one of the best coaches in that sport in the country. If Staley's teams can consistently start making Sweet 16's and higher, I think that is a pretty substantial feather in the cap for a college athletics program.
Fogler had many, many coaches ahead of Horn on his list of recommendations. I don't know exactly how that went down, though Horn was not at the top of anyone's list.
Ally will beat the crap out of Uga.
Ray tanner and Steve Spurrier hires were the best things to ever happen to this athletic program along with joining SEC. Everything else was a result of those things.
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