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Updated: Miami AD resigns, heading to Nebraska

Shawn Eichorst AP

It didn’t take long for Nebraska to find the replacement for longtime coach and athletic director Tom Osborne, who will retire at the beginning of 2013.

Miami AD Shawn Eichorst has been rumored to be a leading candidate practically since Osborne made his announcement last week. Thursday morning, ESPN’s Brett McMurphy and the Associated Press reported that Eichorst has resigned from his position at UM to take the soon-to-be vacant position with Nebraska. The Lincoln Journal-Star reported last night that Eichorst was the potential replacement for Osborne. UM confirmed the news later Thursday.

“I am deeply disappointed in Shawn’s departure to the University of Nebraska as I thoroughly enjoyed working with him,” university president Donna Shalala said in a statement. “We wish Shawn and his wonderful family the very best at their new post.”

Blake James, the senior associate athletic director, has been named acting AD.

“After consideration of a large number of candidates, I was impressed with Shawn’s credentials and experience but more importantly his respect for and appreciation of the tradition of the Nebraska athletics program,” Nebraska chancellor Harvey Perlman said in a release. “He expressed from the onset his hope to draw on the experience and knowledge of Tom Osborne and the rest of the current staff in working to continue the department’s success both on and off the field.”

“It is truly an honor and privilege to be a part of one of the great universities in America and one of the strongest athletic departments in all of college sports who has the welfare of its student-athletes at the heart of everything they do,” Eichorst said. “I am humbled by both the responsibility and opportunities that lie ahead and I hope to carry on the rich tradition of Husker excellence set by Coach Osborne and so many others.”


The news comes just two days before Miami plays No. 9 Notre Dame. For ‘Canes coach Al Golden, Eichorst’s replacement will be his third AD in two years.

Eichorst was hired at Miami on April 12, 2011 after spending six years at Wisconsin, including the last three as deputy athletic director. Controversy broke not long into Eichorst’s tenure at UM when Yahoo! Sports reported last August that booster Nevin Shapiro was providing millions of dollars in impermissible benefits to Hurricane athletes. The NCAA has been investigating UM over the reported infractions, although the school still has not received a Notice of Allegations.

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18 Responses to “Updated: Miami AD resigns, heading to Nebraska”
  1. palmbeachbuckeye says: Oct 4, 2012 12:22 PM

    Evidently, Eichorst didnt like being lied to when he was hired any more than Coach Golden. Golden nearly left last season for UCLA and he will be gone soon too. Eichorst knows the NCAA is going to blast Miami with harsh sanctions for a decade of shenanigans after being on probation for a previous decades worth of shenanigans. This guy had the job for 1 1/2 years and evidently could not wait to leave… Its definitely NOT all about “da U” anymore.

  2. uhemi says: Oct 4, 2012 12:26 PM

    Palmbeach> your a fool and have no idea what the heck your talking about, idiot.

  3. 35longmiles says: Oct 4, 2012 12:27 PM

    Lmao, a year and a half from this idiot. He BOLTS like everyone does from that dumpster fire. Don’t worry, the corn holing that ND will administer this weekend will make you forget all about Ikehorse. The NCAA hammer will drop and Golden Showers will flee too.

    Attention Cane fools: CLICK DISLIKE NOW

  4. 35longmiles says: Oct 4, 2012 12:29 PM

    @uhemi, what kind of insecure bozo mentions his CAR in his name? Bet you got pictures of you standing next to it on Facebook too? Meathead.

  5. canetic says: Oct 4, 2012 12:39 PM

    Somebody here has a huge inferiority complex

  6. uhemi says: Oct 4, 2012 1:08 PM

    35longinches> The only bozo is you that is always trolling ALL articles dealing with Miami news. You are a miserable person which I have on several times ask you to come forward with your team and you have never answered. Clown !!

  7. WingT says: Oct 4, 2012 1:16 PM

    Sounds like you may have hit on a touch topic with uhemi, lol.

    I bet he immediately removed his facebook pictures, ROTFLMAO

  8. WingT says: Oct 4, 2012 1:16 PM


  9. palmbeachbuckeye says: Oct 4, 2012 2:22 PM

    uhemi….. everything I said is true and being called an idiot by you has made my day. Miami did not disclose the NcAA investigation to either Eichorst or Golden. BOTH are pissed off, BOTH are entertaining other offers, and BOTH will be gone soon. Who stays at a job when they are lied to during the hiring process??

  10. edweird0 says: Oct 4, 2012 2:26 PM

    @palmbeachbuckeye I love how you talk about something you don’t even know about. I KNOW you’re a fool if you swear Golden is jumping ship any time soon. Whatever fits the narrative tho, right?

  11. palmbeachbuckeye says: Oct 4, 2012 2:48 PM

    wierdo….. he had conversations with UCLA (at least) last season and Miami rushed a huge contract extension. He is auditioning this year… come back and talk to me next season when Golden is gone. He was lied to and was never told about the investigation when he was hired. He cant succeed at a program that will have scholarship losses over 4-5 years… HE GONE.\

  12. UCFpirate says: Oct 4, 2012 2:48 PM

    Anyone that believes Golden didn’t know about the investigation before he was hired is a buffoon.

    P.S. 35Miles is really a closet Canes fan. I think he follows them more than I do and I consider myself a casual fan. He’s a Canes stalker.

  13. UCFpirate says: Oct 4, 2012 3:02 PM

    @PalmBeach – Do you drive a DeLorean? I’m trying to figure out how you have a time machine that no one else has. Please enlighten us.

  14. palmbeachbuckeye says: Oct 4, 2012 3:03 PM

    So Al Golden is a liar??? I think anyone who believes Golden would have taken the job know this is a buffoon.

  15. UCFpirate says: Oct 4, 2012 3:37 PM

    I like Al Golden but he’s lying in that video. The original Yahoo story/rumors came out months if not a year before it was in the mainstream media. If his people didn’t look into it or know about it when he was hired then he should consider getting a new agent.

  16. etc4779 says: Oct 4, 2012 3:43 PM

    Hammer….please drop already!!

  17. dolfan1 says: Oct 4, 2012 6:42 PM

    The hammer is not going to drop because nobody is talking…… That is why it’s taking so long….. The only word they have is coming from a bitter convicted felon…. They maybe true but there is NO evidence! Sorry Cane HATERS…lol

  18. digit960 says: Oct 5, 2012 6:17 PM

    looks like 35shortdik found a butt buddy

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