Update: Thursday Oct. 4 at 12:30 p.m. ET by Brian Mazique
We can remove the disclaimers and the cautious prefacing from the Shawn Eichorst to Nebraska talk. University of Nebraska-Lincoln tweeted this news from Nebraska chancellor Harvey Perlman:
It's official: @harvey_perlman announces Shawn Eichorst as new athletic director— UNLNews (@UNLNews) October 4, 2012
Stay tuned on when the university will formerly introduce Eichorst as the new athletic director.
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Nebraska has apparently wasted no time pursuing a successor to Tom Osborne as the university's athletic director. Miami, FL AD Shawn Eichorst emerged as a top candidate for the job earlier in the week, per Sports Illustrated's Fan Nation.
Now Brett McMurphy of ESPN is tweeting:
Shawn Eichorst resigns as Miami's AD; expected to replace Tom Osborne as Nebraska's AD, sources told @espn— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) October 4, 2012
If this becomes official, Eichorst will be bolting Miami after only two years on the job. Eichorst does have some ties to the Big Ten conference and some indirect ties to Nebraska. He was the deputy AD at Wisconsin before he took over as the man in charge at Miami. In that role he served under Wisconsin legend, and current AD, Barry Alvarez.
Alvarez was a linebacker for the Cornhuskers in the 1960s, and he still holds connections to the school. It certainly isn't preposterous to think Alvarez recommended his former aide for the position.
Eichorst is a native of Wisconsin, so this would essentially bring him closer to his roots. Even if he departs Miami for Nebraska, which seems like a safe bet, his fingerprints figure to be on the Hurricanes for a while.
During his time in Coral Gables he extended the contracts of three of the university's most prominent head coaches.
Head football coach Al Golden re-upped for four years in November of 2011, per ESPN. Eichorst also extended the contracts of head basketball coaches Jim Larranaga (in January, per ESPN) and Katie Meier (in March, per ESPN).
Nebraska is an esteemed university. The opportunity to succeed a legend like Osborne is both challenging and exciting. If Eichorst is named Nebraska's next AD, we'll have to see how well he fills an icon's shoes.
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