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Student athletes, coaches, and members of the Gamecock Club gathered for the dedication ceremony for The Dodie Academic Enrichment Center today. Dodie Anderson, the donor whose generosity made the building possible with a $6 million donation, was also in attendance with her family. The center is the first building in what will become the Athletics Village and will facilitate the academic needs of student athletes.
Athletics Director Eric Hyman started the event by thanking everyone who made The Dodie possible including donors and those in charge of construction and design. University President Dr. Harris Pastides reflected on the outstanding year the university has had so far in the areas of both athletics and academics. Pastides said that The Dodie “will bring together academics and athletics very literally.” The building offers student athletes large study areas, a dining facility, tutor rooms, and computer labs. Several rooms in the building will bear the names of donors who contributed to the project. Pastides said that the facility will serve as “a great recruiting tool.” Football head coach Steve Spurrier mentioned that the Dodie was one of the many reasons Gamecock signee Marcus Lattimore chose South Carolina.
Women’s soccer All-American and SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year Blakely Mattern represented the student athletes at the dedication. She was extremely excited about the new building and expressed her gratitude to everyone who helped with the project, especially Dodie Anderson. Mattern said that the building would lend to an even greater student athlete community, something she has cherished during her time as a Gamecock. “I would stay [at South Carolina] forever if they would let me,” said Mattern.
Men’s basketball head coach Darrin Horn said that he knows Dodie Anderson loves to win. “She loves those ‘W’s,’” he said. When Anderson stood to speak, she was welcomed with a standing ovation. She quickly confirmed Horn’s statement by stating that she would “love to see more 34-17’s and 68-62’s.” She spoke of her hopes for the athletic community, and ended her speech with a vibrant “Go Cocks!”
The dedication came to a close with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Hyman and Pastides stood with Anderson as she cut the garnet ribbon. In the eyes of the Gamecock community, the Dodie is a big step for the athletic department and a huge win for the university.
South Carolina Athletics Director Eric Hyman was featured in Sunday’s issue of The State as part of a series profiling 12 individuals who are changing the state of South Carolina. You can read the article titled, “USC AD has whipped department into shape” by clicking here.
As the athletics director at Virginia Military Institute, Hyman established a list of components for a successful athletics department. The list – upgraded over the years – hangs in the senior management meeting room next to the Roundhouse on the USC campus.
The seven components include guidelines for integrity, student-athlete management, winning and losing, academics, marketing, teammates and producing contributors to society. When then-President Andrew Sorensen interviewed him for the athletics director job, Hyman presented the components and asked whether USC could operate within those parameters.
Hyman uses the components when conducting exit interviews with student-athletes and as a guideline for prospective coaches.
Baughman says no athletic director in the country does more thorough research than Hyman when making hires. O’Connell, an associate athletics director who has followed Hyman from Miami of Ohio to TCU to USC, says his boss hires values rather than teaching values.
Tune into “Inside the Roost” tonight on 107.5 FM at 7 p.m. as host Derek Scott and Athletics Director Eric Hyman discuss issues related to Gamecock Athletics from Staybridges Suites on Huger Street in Columbia. On the show tonight will be former Gamecock letterman Harold Green, who holds the school record for touchdowns in a season with 16 in 1987. In addition, Hyman will discuss South Carolina’s bowl destinations and the win over Clemson. You can also listen live on www.1075thegame.com.
If you’ve got a question you’d like to ask on the show, send an e-mail to email@example.com, call locally at 404-6100 or 1-866-667-1075. You can also submit your question in the comments section of this post and we’ll get it over.
South Carolina Athletics Director Eric Hyman will be on the radio today at 3 p.m. You can listen live on 107.5 FM or online at 1075thegame.com.
Tune into “Inside the Roost” tonight on 107.5 FM as host Derek Scott and Athletics Director Eric Hyman discuss issues related to Gamecock Athletics from Staybridges Suites on Huger Street in Columbia. Tonight’s guests will be baseball coach Ray Tanner and former Gamecock and Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers.
If you’ve got a question you’d like to ask anyone on the show, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, call locally at 404-6100 or 1-866-667-1075. You can also submit your question in the comments section of this post and we’ll get it over.
The first Inside the Roost show of the 2009-2010 year airs tonight at 7 p.m. from Staybridge Suites on Huger Street in Columbia. Hosted by Athletics Director Eric Hyman, tonight’s guests will be Todd Ellis and Tommy Suggs of the Gamecock Radio Network football broadcast team. You can listen live on 107.5 FM or on the Internet at 107.5’s website.