Nebraska’s soon-to-be Athletic Director is getting solid reviews after coming to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chancellor Harvey Perlman says he made immediate connection with Shawn Eichorst during the interview process.
“I think the reason I connected with him and he connected with me was he fits the culture of Nebraska,” Perlman says.
Eichorst has been hired as Special Assistant to the Chancellor. He takes over for Athletic Director Tom Osborne at the first of the year. Osborne, then, will become Athletic Director emeritus.
Perlman says Eichorst’s handling of a touchy situation at the University of Miami impressed him. Eichorst stepped into a mess when he stepped into the job at Miami after serving as the Chief Operating Officer for Athletics at the University of Wisconsin. The Hurricanes could suffer crippling sanctions from the NCAA for compliance violations. Perlman says Eichorst took on the problems in a straight-forward manner, giving an indication of how he handles stressful situations.
Eichorst has said that the problems at Miami didn’t influence his decision. What might have influenced it was his old boss, Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez who played for the Cornhuskers under Bob Devaney from 1965 to 1967. Eichorst says Alvarez would often talk about the Nebraska way.
Perlman says he expects Eichorst to be a good manager of the Nebraska Athletic Department, one who strongly supports his coaches and will develop a good interaction with them.
Husker football coach Bo Pelini says he has only met with Eichorst in a brief meeting of the entire department, but likes what he sees so far.
“I’m excited to work with Shawn. I have heard nothing but great things from people he’s worked with and his reputation is impeccable,” Pelini says.
Perlman says Eichorst has not given him any specifics about what plans he has for the Athletic Department and says he would be a little wary if he did. He says Eichorst has only given him a general vision he has for the department. As for Eichorst, he says he plans to learn all he can from Osborne before taking over for the Nebraska legend.
Chris Whitney, KLIN, contributed to this report.
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