CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- University of Miami athletic director Shawn Eichorst has resigned and is expected to replace the retiring Tom Osborne as Nebraska’s athletic director.
“I am deeply disappointed in Shawn’s departure to the University of Nebraska as I thoroughly enjoyed working with him," UM president Donna Shalala said in a statement. "We wish Shawn and his wonderful family the very best at their new post.”
President Shalala has appointed Blake James, Senior Associate Athletic Director, as the Acting Director of Athletics. James served as the Director of Athletics at the University of Maine from 2005-2010 and returned to the University of Miami in 2010, having previously worked at UM from 1995-1997 and from 1998-2001.
Miami will now be looking for its third athletic director since 2008 as the UM program has been under NCAA investigation for more than a year due to the allegations made by former booster Nevin Shapiro that he gave UM athletes improper benefits.
Eichorst has decided to not comment about the NCAA investigation over the last year. He claims to have had no knowledge of the allegations when he was hired by UM.
Eichorst was hired in April, 2011 to replace Kirby Hocutt, who left to become athletic director at Texas Tech after running Miami’s athletic department for just over three years. Eichorst served as Wisconsin’s deputy athletic director under Barry Alvarez, who is a Nebraska graduate.
The only notable move Eichorst made as athletic director at Miami was the hiring of Jim Larranaga as basketball coach.