All the Huskers' Exes Live in Texas
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All the Huskers’ Exes Live in Texas

June 07, 2018

He already has a burnt orange tie with white Longhorns on it.

At least that's what you can learn from the phot attached to Thursday's press release that former Nebraska  Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst has accepted a job as the Longhorns' Executive Senior Associate Athletics Director for Internal Affairs. Drew Martin, formerly an Associate Athletic Director for Marketing and Licensing at TCU, is also taking up residence on The Forty Acres.

"We've spent the past several months evaluating and studying our department and developing a plan for our future," said Texas Athletic Director Chris Del Conte. "We have a lot of talented people here, and Shawn and Drew are tremendous additions to our staff. They are the best at what they do and will play critical roles in helping us pull our staff together and function at a highly effective and efficient level. I know them well, they had a chance to meet our staff today, and I am thrilled they're on board."

Eichorst was announced as the successor to Tom Osborne as Nebraska's AD in October 2012. His tenure in Lincoln swung on the decision to fire head football coach Bo Pelini following a loss to Iowa in 2014. A week later Eichorst announce Mike Riley, formerly of Oregon State, as the Huskers' next head coach.

After a 6-7 opening season Riley's Huskers improved to 9-4 in 2016. But a home loss to Northern Illinois in September 2017 sealed Eichorst's fate and maybe Riley's. Eichorst was fired as Nebraska's AD on Sept. 21 with Huskers at 1-2. Riley coached the rest of the season before being replace by Scott Frost.

As if any future Nebraska-Texas meetings on the gridiron wouldn't have been interesting enough given the programs' recent history.

"Austin is a fantastic community in a great state and a fabulous place to bring up a family," Eichorst said in a statement. "We're all excited to come to Austin and immerse ourselves in Longhorn nation."

Former Nebraska offensive coordinator Tim Beck currently holds the same position at Texas. Shawn Watson, also a former Husker offensive coordinator, was the Longhorns' OC in 2014 and 2015.

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