Texas A&M athletic director Eric Hyman announced Tuesday he will step down from his position.
Hyman spent three-and-a-half years at the school after holding the same job at South Carolina, and previously at TCU. He was hired in June 2012, the year Texas A&M entered the SEC. There was no announcement regarding a replacement.
On Monday, Hyman publicly voiced his support for head football coach Kevin Sumlin after a disappointing 8–5 season that saw the team part ways with offensive coordinator Jake Spavital. In that interview, with The Dallas Morning News, there was no mention of his pending departure.
“I appreciate my time here at Texas A&M University and I am proud of our student-athletes’ achievements both on the field and in the classroom,” Hyman said in a statement. “The best part of an AD’s job is forming wonderful relationships with student-athletes, colleagues, former students and Texas A&M has been no exception. I will always value my time here and the friendships I have made with Aggies. I wish Texas A&M University nothing but continued success.”
“I want to thank Eric for the service he has provided Texas A&M during his time as athletic director,” Texas A&M president Michael Young said in a statement. “He has shown a high level of integrity and professionalism in his role as AD and improved both our student-athlete academic and athletic performance through facility improvements, nutritional enhancement through the RC Slocum Nutritional center and preparation for life after college through upgrading the Life Skills program. His relationships and insights within the Southeastern Conference have been extraordinarily helpful to Texas A&M Athletics along with his five-year strategic plan. I fully expect Eric to make a positive impact in whatever endeavor he pursues next.”
The A&M football team went 36–16 over the past four seasons, going 3–1 in bowl games under Sumlin. The team has gone 8–5 in each of the past two seasons, with a .500 mark in conference play over the past three. Two highly-regarded quarterbacks, Kyle Allen and Kyler Murray, have recently transferred from the program.
Texas A&M men’s basketball has gone a combined 68–45 since 2012 under Billy Kennedy and has not made the NCAA tournament since 2011. The Aggies are currently 11–2 and ranked No. 21 in the latest AP poll.
During Hyman’s tenure, Texas A&M’s men’s and women’s track teams have won national championships, and the school has also won SEC titles in women’s soccer, men’s tennis, women’s golf and volleyball.
- Jeremy Woo