While folks inside Washington DC's beltway speculate on the short list for Mitt Romney's choice for vice president, Gamecock fans are mulling over a short list of their own for candidates to replace outgoing USC athletics director Eric Hyman.
Hyman accomplished a lot in the short time he's been in that position and set the bar pretty high for his successor. Perhaps that's why the early favorite on most USC fan lists is current head baseball coach Ray Tanner. Everybody loves a winner, and many have tapped Tanner's leadership qualities as just what the Gamecock athletic department needs to continue their success on and off the field.
Tanner's success makes him an intriguing candidate for the athletic director's position, but for now, Tanner says he's not sure he's ready to give up coaching and the pursuit of more championships. I say, don't mess with success, Ray. You're doing a lot to bring prestige and a winning atmosphere to USC in your current role and having much more fun doing it than you might with a desk job.
There are plenty of other names on that short list, including several candidates with ties to USC and South Carolina...or perhaps USC could throw everyone for a loop and go with an outside hire. After all, Hyman had no previous link to South Carolina before he was named athletics director in 2005 and he did just fine.