The medal count for Texas in the recently concluded Rio Olympics was thirteen. These medals were bagged by the current and former students of the University of Texas. Of these thirteen medals, it is to be noted that it includes ten gold medals. According to a ranking reported in the USA Today, Texas is tied up at the fourth position with the University of Florida.
Stanford led with a total of twenty-seven medals. The second position was achieved by the University of California (Berkeley) with twenty-two medals. The third position went to the University of Southern California with twenty-one medals. The contingent from the University of Texas had significant success in Rio. They had a total of twenty-five medal opportunities out of which they were able to secure thirteen medals. This created a success rate of more than fifty percent which is significantly higher when compared to the entire roster that was sent to Rio.
Twenty student athletes of UT along with five coaches took part in the Olympics at Rio. It is to be noted that UT has produced at least one gold medal for the last eleven Olympic Games continuously dating back to the Munich Games of 1972.
A huge number of sports lovers were surprised when Eric Hyman announced on Tuesday that he is stepping down from his post of Athletic Director at Texas, A&M. Eric Hyman took up the post as Bill Byrne’s successor in the summer of 2012. He was brought in to guide the Aggies and to help them for the Big 12, Southeastern conference.
In a statement to the press, Eric Hyman stated that he appreciated his time at the Texas A&M University and was really proud of the achievements of all his student-athletes both on the field as well as within the classroom. He also stated that the best part of the job of an athletic director is getting to form wonderful relationships with the students, former students and colleagues. He stated that he values the time he has spent at the Texas A&M University and the wonderful friendships he has built with the Aggies. He concluded by saying that he wishes for nothing but the best for the Texas A&M University.
The president of A&M, Michael Young also gave out a statement to the press on the resignation of Hyman. He stated that he wanted to express his sincere gratitude to Eric for his tenure as Athletic Director. The high levels of professionalism and integrity displayed by Hyman have improved not only athletic performance but also improved the academics of the student athletes. His insights have been really helpful to the entire Athletics department at A&M and he wished Eric all the best in his future endeavors.
A&M basketball coach Gary Blair stated that the resignation came as a shock and surprise to all. She stated that all Eric has done for the athletic department has all been positive and very uplifting. However, she also stated that sometimes people need a change of environment and wished Eric all the best for his future.