Final Horn: Gamecocks start search for new hoops coach

University of South Carolina athletics director Eric Hyman announced the firing of men’s basketball coach Darrin Horn at a Tuesday press conference.

“Unfortunately, sometimes you have to take your program in a different direction,” said Hyman, whose first hire at USC was Horn. “This is one of those days.”

In his fourth year at USC, Horn suffered his third straight losing season and posted a school-worst 2-14 record in the Southeastern Conference. The Gamecocks finished 10-21, losing 10 of their last 11 games while excitement and attendance waned significantly.

“You saw what I saw on the basketball court this season,” Hyman said. “I didn’t go to the games with blinders on.”

Hyman said the school will begin an immediate search for Horn’s replacement but didn’t give any hints as to who the school might be interested in interviewing other than to say he wanted a diverse and talented group of candidates.

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