Ray Tanner new South Carolina AD

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The South Carolina board of trustees has approved a five-year contract that will pay the Gamecocks' national championship baseball coach Ray Tanner $675,000 a year to serve as the school's new athletic director.

Tanner won College World Series titles in 2010 and '11 and was runner-up in Omaha this past season. Tanner spent 15 years as the Gamecocks' baseball coach, making six CWS appearances.

His first hire is expected to be longtime assistant Chad Holbrook to take over the baseball program.

Tanner replaces Eric Hyman, who resigned two weeks ago to take a similar position at Texas A&M. Tanner quickly emerged as the most popular choice to replace Hyman, and the board made that official Friday.