The University of Nebraska announced Tuesday that it has appointed Dave Rimington to serve as Nebraska's interim athletic director. A hall-of-fame player at Nebraska, Rimington has served as the president of the Boomer Esiason Foundation since 1995 and will take a leave of absence from the Foundation while he leads the Nebraska athletic department for a period up to 60 days.
"I'm so pleased that we could count on Dave Rimington, who is a Husker through and through, to answer our call to lend his administrative expertise and unwavering support for Nebraska Athletics during this key time of transition," Chancellor Ronnie Green said. "I am confident that Dave will provide exceptional leadership as we move forward in our search for a new, permanent director of athletics."
Rimington replaces former athletic director Shawn Eichorst, who was fired Sept. 21.
"I am humbled and grateful to accept this responsibility," Rimington said. "I look forward to working with the coaches, staff and student-athletes at Nebraska, which is a truly special place that has had a profound impact on my life and the lives of countless others."
Rimington is one of the most decorated players in Nebraska's storied history. As a center, he was named the Big Eight Offensive Player of the Year in 1981. He earned first-team All-America honors twice and is still the only player to win the Outland Trophy, presented to college football's top interior lineman, in consecutive years (1981, 1982). Rimington also won the Lombardi Trophy in 1982 and is a College Football and Nebraska Football Hall of Fame inductee. A native of Omaha, Rimington was a standout student as well, earning numerous academic awards.
After a seven-year NFL career, Rimington earned a master's degree in business at Wisconsin while serving as graduate assistant with the football program. In 1993, he joined the Esiason Foundation, dedicated to fighting cystic fibrosis, and became the Foundation's president in 1995.