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Texas hires former Nebraska AD Shawn Eichorst for admin position

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It did not take too long for former Nebraska athletics director Shawn Eichorst to find a new job. Eichorst has been hired by the University of Texas, where he will take on the role of Executive Senior Associate Athletics Director for Internal Affairs. That is one Bevo-sized title.

“It’s an honor and a privilege to come work at The University of Texas, one of the most iconic universities and athletics brands in the country, and to work with one of the most dynamic leaders in our business in Chris Del Conte,” Eichorst said in a released statement. “Austin is a fantastic community in a great state and a fabulous place to bring up a family. We’re all excited to come to Austin and immerse ourselves in Longhorn nation.”

Eichorst was the man responsible for the firing of former Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini in Lincoln and informing the team of the decision over an email. Eichorst was fired by Nebraska last September as the program began to look to freshen up the program. Eichorst was eventually replaced at Nebraska by former Washington State athletics director Bill Moos, who took the responsibility of hiring Scott Frost to be the new head coach of the Huskers.

Eichorst is one of two hires announced by Texas AD Chris Del Conte. Texas also hired Drew Martin to be the Executive Senior Associate Athletics Director for External Affairs. Martin previously worked with Del Conte at TCU, where he held the title of an Associate AD for Marketing and Licensing.

Nebraska AD offers show of support for Mike Riley and staff

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Things are not going well for the Nebraska Cornhuskers in year one of the Mike Riley era. Riley may be the nicest college football coach in the country, but his Huskers are on the brink of being ineligible for postseason play. After hitting a ceiling of nine wins under Bo Pelini, Nebraska has now come close to falling through the floor under Riley. With this most recent loss against Purdue, Nebraska Athletics Director Shawn Eichorst felt the time was now to put out a public statement showing support for Riley and his coaching staff. he did that today.

“While many are understandably disappointed in the current record of the football team and the heartbreakingly close loses we have suffered, I am confident the future is bright because I see it in the eyes of our players, coaches and staff and I am impressed by what I know is going on behind the scenes,” Eichorst said. “Coach Riley has a vision and a plan and is committed to providing the Husker faithful with a sustained winner which will compete annually for championships.”

It may be fair to point out Pelini coached Nebraska to multiple appearances in the Big 12 championship game and one more in the Big Ten championship game after switching conferences. Despite some level of success under Pelini, his temper and demeanor led to his dismissal as head coach and Nebraska went 180 degrees the opposite way with Riley. So far the results have not been there on the field, although Nebraska may be the best 3-6 team in college football. Nebraska has lost six games by a combined 23 points. The widest margin of defeat was 10, by Purdue over the weekend.

Emmert says NCAA will put satellite camps on top of list for oversight committee

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The calls to address the supposed loopholes with satellite camps have been heard, and will be given a high priority status from the NCAA to the football rules oversight committee.

NCAA president Mark Emmert said the football rules oversight committee will have the issue “on top of their list” when they get together later this year and said “I think they have to address it nationally.”

Given the attention given to satellite camps over the past couple of years it is not all too surprising the topic will be discussed by the football rules oversight committee. The committee will not be able to make any formal rules changes that would go into effect this season as far as camps go, and it is more likely the discussion will end without any real resolution on the topic.

The committee features just one football coach as a voting member, Georgia’s Mark Richt. Other voting members on the committee include Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby, Miami Hurricanes AD Blake James, Arizona State AD Ray Anderson, MAC commissioner Jon Steinbrecher, UCF AD Michael Stansbury, Conference USA associate commissioner Alfred White, Nebraska AD Shawn Eichorst, Big South commissioner Kyle Kallander, Colgate AD Vicky Chun, Northern Arizona AD Lisa Campos and one student-athlete to be determined.

Nebraska uses Pelini’s heated comments to support decision to move on

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Bo Pelini may be the head coach at Youngstown State now, but his final interaction with his previous players at Nebraska has certainly raised more than a few eyebrows. Pelini, rarely one to hold back his feelings, ripped into Nebraska Athletics Director Shawn Eichorst in a meeting with players held after he was relieved of his duties in Lincoln. He let loose, as the audio recording acquired by The Omaha World-Herald makes perfectly clear.

“A guy like (Eichorst) who has no integrity, he doesn’t even understand what a core value is,” Pelini told players, according to The Omaha World-Herald. “And he hasn’t understood it from the day he got here. I saw it when I first met with the guy.”

Pelini was just getting started.

“To have core values means you have to be about something, you have to represent something, you have to have something that is important to you,” Pelini added. “He is a f—— lawyer who makes policies. That’s all he’s done since he’s been here is hire people and make policies to cover his own ass.”

Pelini’s comments went on to become more vulgar and inappropriate for a family audience. Coaches are going to use some language you may not choose to use in front of children or your mother (you can listen to it here), but according to a follow-up statement from Nebraska this all put on display reasons why the university’s leadership felt it was time to move in a new direction.

Nebraska has not been able to officially confirm the recording is authentic or not, but a statement released following the original report expressed disappointment in Pelini’s choice of words and feelings and committed to the decision to remove him as head coach.

“If these comments were, indeed, spoken by Mr. Pelini, we are extremely disappointed, but it only reaffirms the decision that he should no longer be a leader of young men at Nebraska,” a statement from Nebraska reads.”His behavior is consistent with a pattern of unprofessional, disrespectful behavior directed by Mr. Pelini toward the passionate fans of Nebraska, employees of the university and, most concerning, our student-athletes. This behavior is not tolerated at the University of Nebraska and, among many other concerns, played a role in his dismissal.

Pelini’s tenure at Nebraska may be best known for the ability to win games but hitting a plateau without a conference championship. It will also be infamous for secret audio recordings that paint a negative picture getting out to the public.

But you can say this about Pelini. He’s an honest man and spits fire from his belly without hesitation. There is a certain level of respect that this trait may command.

Pelini now continues his head coaching career under a much dimmer spotlight at Youngstown State. Will comments like these prevent Pelini from returning to coach a program in the FBS again in the future? It is possible no AD will want to get mixed up with a hot head like Pelini, but he is a good coach and sometimes that is worth the risk. Just don’t upset him.

UPDATE (11:23 p.m.) The Omaha World-Herald has released the full audio of Pelini’s meeting with Nebraska players. The audio does not come across nearly as hot-tempered as iniailyy suggested, but Pelini does not hold back in the state of Nebraska.

Listen to the audio here.

Nebraska will move in a new direction after firing Bo Pelini

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The hot seat in Lincoln, apparently, was very real. Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini has been fired by the university. Nebraska Athletics Director Shawn Eichorst informed Pelini of his decision on Sunday morning. Pelini’s termination is effective immediately, so he will not coach Nebraska in a bowl game.

“Earlier this morning, I informed Coach Bo Pelini of our decision to move forward in a new direction,” a statement by Eichorst released by Nebraska said. “Coach Pelini served our University admirably for seven years and led our football programs transition to the Big Ten Conference. We wish Coach Pelini and his wonderful family all the best and thank him for his dedicated service to the University.”

Pelini coached 94 games for the Cornhuskers, starting with one game as an interim head coach in 2003. Pelini was named the head coach of the program in 2008. Pelini took Nebraska to two Big 12 championship games and one more Big Ten championship game, but Nebraska failed to win a conference championship under Pelini’s watch. Pelini coached Nebraska to a record of 67-27 and never lost more than four games in a season. This, perhaps, was the biggest problem.

Nebraska hit a plateau under Pelini. Despite nine wins each season coached by Pelini, Nebraska was never able to get over the hump to relive the glory days of the 1990s. Removing Pelini as head coach despite a tremendous amount of success most programs would be envious of is a clear sign that the leadership at Nebraska expects its program to compete at a higher level. Pelini was a very successful coach at Nebraska, but the bar is set higher than what Pelini has been able to clear.

As for Pelini, what comes next is anybody’s guess. He could still be a good head coach for some other program in need fo a head coach. He would also make for a good defensive coordinator. Nebraska’s defense may not have been great the past few years, but scale back the responsibilities for Pelini and let him focus just on defense and he would likely be a valuable asset to a coaching staff.

UPDATE 3:04 p.m.: Running game coordinator Barney Cotton has been named Nebraska’s interim coach.