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DEVELOPING: Nebraska Fires AD Shawn Eichorst

Which lends itself to the question: Just how much is head football coach Mike Riley's butt burning right now...???

Warm, on fire. nuclear, jalapeno, or ghost pepper fire...???

Athletlcs Director Shawn Eichorst has been shown the door in Lincoln after the loss to Northern Illinois and the fan base in something close to open revolt...

Here is part of the statement released by the university this afternoon:

“I want to sincerely thank Shawn for his dedication to and care for our student-athletes, and for his commitment to their success here at Nebraska, and in life,” Green said. “He has positively influenced countless lives at this university, and I wish him and his family the very best going forward.”

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 director of athletics began today. The university expects to appoint an interim athletic director to oversee day-to-day operations of Nebraska Athletics until a new, permanent director of athletics begins.

The chancellor said the university will reach out to stakeholders knowledgeable of Nebraska Athletics, as well as those who have run successful college programs around the nation, for guidance and perspective in the search for a new permanent director of athletics. The search will focus on finding a director who helps put Husker teams into the best place of opportunity to compete and to uphold the athletic program’s outstanding academic achievement, Green said.

“Winning can and often does happen in concert with well-run, quality college programs that work to ensure the success of the student,” he 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.”

Eichorst is still owed a little under $2-million. Here he is after the NIU loss talking about the current coaching situation, thanks to Husker Online...

The university is set to have an explanatory presser Thursday afternoon to tell everyone what's what...

More when we know more...

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