Former Nebraska A.D. Shawn Eichorst hired by Texas

Former Nebraska A.D. Shawn Eichorst hired by Texas
Shawn Eichorst was fired by Nebraska after serving for about five years as athletic director. (World-Herald News Service)

Shawn Eichorst, the former Nebraska athletic director who was fired in September, has a new job — at Texas.

Eichorst will be the Longhorns’ executive senior associate athletics director for internal affairs. The hire was made by Chris Del Conte, who left TCU to become the athletic director at Texas in December.

“It’s an honor and a privilege to come work at the University of Texas, one of the most iconic universities and athletics brands in the country, and to work with one of the most dynamic leaders in our business in Chris Del Conte,” Eichorst said in a press release.

Eichorst, who was hired by the Huskers in October 2012, had about $1.7 million remaining on his Nebraska contract, which ran through June 2019. Chancellor Ronnie Green said at the time that he fired Eichorst based on a lack of on-field performance.

“We’re not satisfied with the results,” Green said in September. The chancellor insisted that he was “talking about competitiveness in all sports” — not just football.

Eichorst’s most high-profile move as athletic director came in football, though, when he hired Mike Riley to replace Bo Pelini. Eichorst’s firing came five days after Nebraska’s home loss to Northern Illinois that left the Huskers 1-2 to start Riley’s third season. Riley was fired at the end of the season by Bill Moos, who replaced Eichorst as athletic director.