Seven years after he left TCU for South Carolina, Eric Hyman is moving back to the Lone Star State to become the new athletic director at Texas A&M, reports the Houston Chronicle. While the last time A&M hired a guy who had left TCU for an SEC school (Fran) didn't turn out quite so well, I think this will be a different story. ADs are judged by three major criteria: their ability to put winning teams on the field, their decisions in hiring head coaches, and their ability to raise funds and build new facilities- and Hyman excels in all three areas. Hyman played a major role in reorganizing the TCU athletic environment to foster success, he hired both Gary Patterson and Jim Schlossnagle, and he got Lupton Stadium built. At South Carolina, he hired Steve Spurrier and got a new stadium built for the Gamecocks' baseball team- which has won two of the last three national titles and been in the CWS finals in each of those years.
As much as I'd like to see the Aggies wallow in mediocrity forever, this is a really solid hire for them.