Ray Tanner will be named the next Athletic Director at the University of South Carolina this coming Friday. 

Tanner was on the short list to replace the departing Eric Hyman, who resigned to take the AD position at Texas A&M. The Gamecocks' baseball coach has expressed a great desire to work in an administration role when his coaching career was complete. He was interested in this position back in 2005 when Eric Hyman ultimately was hired in the job. 

When the job came open seven years later, Tanner was the easy choice for USC president Harris Pastides.

The athletic department is riding high off of several great years of Gamecock athletics. The teams are competing at levels above and beyond what they have in the past, facilities has improved tremendously and the fan base is enthusiastic about all the good things happening in Columbia right now. 

Ray Tanner will have to use his prior experience as Associate AD at N.C. State along with his experiences running the Gamecocks baseball program to bring him success in his new position. 

There are a few things that Ray Tanner will need to do, or look into, during his time as Athletic Director. Here are a few ideas of what could come from Ray Tanner now that he's in charge.