Nebraska has begun a search for a new athletic director after Chancellor Ronnie Green announced the firing of Shawn Eichorst Thursday afternoon.
“Shawn has led Nebraska Athletics in many positive ways, but those efforts have not translated into on-field performance,” Chancellor Ronnie Green said. “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.”
Nebraska's football program fell to 1-2 last weekend with a loss to Northern Illinois, the culmination of a rough week for Eichorst. He met with the media following the game, asking Husker fans to "hang in there." Earlier in the week, Eichorst took some heat for statements that appeared to be indifferent towards the end of Nebraska's tradition of playing on the Friday after Thanksgiving.
Eichorst, who joined the program in 2012, is owed $1.7 million on his contract, which ran through 2019.
"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," Eichorst said in a prepared statement. "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."
Green is scheduled to meet with the media Thursday afternoon.