By now everyone has heard the news.
Darrin Horn has been fired from his position as head coach of the South Carolina Gamecocks. A disappointing SEC record, continued under-development of players and lack of fan support were all part of the driving cause that led athletic director Eric Hyman to recommend that Darrin Horn be let go from his position.
Eric Hyman just finished up his press conference with the media and here are a few comments that I gathered from Hyman during today's press conference:
Here's a statement that was on a release before press conference this afternoon:
"This was a very difficult decision. Darrin has done a good job in areas in which we place great value. Under his leadership our academics have improved immensely, he has run a program of integrity and his student-athletes have represented the university and department appropriately. However, we could not overlook other factors that led to this decision. In the world of college athletics, wins and losses and being competitive in the SEC had to be considered. Recruiting, player development and diminishing fan support also was considered when making a decision like this."
"Our goal for our men's basketball program is the same as all of our athletics programs at South Carolina - to be a nationally-prominent program that battles for championships. "With that in mind, we will begin a national search immediately to find the very best coach possible for the University of South Carolina."
Finally, here's a statement from Darrin Horn on his firing from the University of South Carolina:
"First and foremost, I'd like to thank Eric Hyman, Dr. Pastides and the Board of Trustees for the opportunity I've had as the head men's basketball coach at South Carolina for the past four years. I appreciate the Gamecock Nation for its support of the program. My family and I have thoroughly enjoyed our time in Columbia and wish nothing but the best for the Gamecocks."