Nebraska fires Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst

September 21, 2017 GMT

Husker Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst has been fired, University of Nebraska chancellor Ronnie Green announced Thursday.

“Shawn has led Nebraska Athletics in many positive ways, but those efforts have not translated into on-field performance,” Green said in a press release. “Our fans and our student-athletes deserve leadership that drives the highest levels of competitiveness, as well as excellence across all facets of Husker Athletics.”

Eichorst, who was hired in October 2012, has about $1.7 million remaining on his contract that runs through June 2019.

Green and UNL president Hank Bounds met with Eichorst on Thursday and also met with Husker coaches to inform them of the decision.

In a statement, Eichorst said: “While I am deeply disappointed in the decision today, I am grateful for the wonderful years that my family and I have spent at Nebraska. I am proud of how our student-athletes, coaches and staff represented this great university and state, and I am confident that the future is bright for Nebraska Athletics.”

The search for a new athletic director has already begun. The university is expected to appoint an interim athletic director to oversee day-to-day operations until a permanent replacement is found.

Green will meet with the media Thursday at 2:30 p.m.

“Winning can and often does happen in concert with well-run, quality college programs that work to ensure the success of the student,” Green said. “That’s our expectation. We take pride here in doing things right and doing the right thing, and that won’t change. This is not an either-or equation. We can and should win in that kind of environment.”

The decision comes after a 1-2 start for the football team and a loss at home Saturday to Northern Illinois.

Green expressed disappointment in the performance of the Nebraska football team earlier this week after his State of the University speech.

Green’s comments Tuesday came amid fans’ growing restlessness with the beloved program. Coach Mike Riley, hired by Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst, is in his third season with Nebraska and finished with records of 6-7 and 9-4 in his previous two seasons. The Huskers have won only three of their last nine games.


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