You have to give it to Eric Hyman. The South Carolina athletics director went all in by hiring Frank Martin as USC’s next men’s basketball coach. The hiring showed Hyman is serious about fielding a basketball team that wins, and wins big. It also showed that Hyman was willing to roll the dice in accepting the perceived baggage that comes with Martin.
It would have been easy for Hyman to pass on Martin. There is enough in Martin’s background to give any athletics director pause. Yet Hyman forged ahead, seeking answers to all the questions that have surrounded the 46-year-old coach in his 27-year coaching career.
Once satisfied with the answers to those questions and that he had found his coach, Hyman put a “full-court press” on Martin, according to the coach. Part of Hyman’s sell was to convince Martin that USC no longer is a dead-end career move for coaches. Steve Spurrier, Dawn Staley and Ray Tanner can attest to that, Hyman told Martin.