After his absence Thursday at UNL chancellor Harvey Perlman’s press conference to announce Shawn Eichorst as the new athletic director — which was followed by a one-sentence statement just after the presser ended — current NU athletic director Tom Osborne issued a second statement on Eichorst’s hiring — and Osborne’s small-to-non-existent role in Perlman’s process.
“My primary remaining job as athletic director is to facilitate a smooth transition in the athletic department, and I will do everything I can to see to it that this occurs. I was never under the impression that the hiring of a new athletic director would be my decision. It is important that Nebraskans give Shawn Eichorst every opportunity to have a successful tenure as the next athletic director at the University of Nebraska. He will be introduced to members of the athletic department next Tuesday.“
Osborne will make no more statements. We’ll see if he talks Tuesday.