Nebraska Fires AD Shawn Eichorst

The Nebraska Cornhuskers fired athletic director Shawn Eichorst Thursday after the football team lost to Northern Illinois. 


Less than a week after the Nebraska football team suffered a 21-17 loss to Northern Illinois, the Cornhuskers have fired athletic director Shawn Eichorst.

Eichorst was quoted earlier in the week expressing his displeasure with the Cornhuskers’ performance.

“I’m angry, I’m frustrated, I’m disappointed,” Eichorst said. “At the end of the day, we have to stay together. It’s still early in the season, and we need to find ways to win games like this. I want to continue to show our support, but I also understand there is a lot of frustration out there when you don’t win games like today.”

As it turns out, the school did not think that “staying together” was the best fit for the program and relieved Eichorst Thursday, effective immediately.

“We’re not satisfied with the results,” University chancellor Ronnie Green said in a press conference Thursday.

Eichorst was hired in 2012 from the University of Miami and was under contract through June 2019. Nebraska has already begun the search for the new athletic director, and an interim AD is expected to be named soon.

Eichorst has been a controversial figure at Nebraska, firing Bo Pelini despite his 67-27 record at Nebraska. He also hired and has reiterated his support for head coach Mike Riley, who is 16-13 in his third season with the Cornhuskers.

Former cornerback Josh Mitchell took to Twitter to share his thoughts:

Former quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. also shared a similar sentiment on Twitter:

“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,” Green said in a statement.

Nebraska opens Big Ten play against Rutgers at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln on Saturday.