Published Sunday, February 16, 2014 AT 1:00 PM / Updated at 10:35 AM
Eichorst touts recruiting support for Husker football
Sam McKewon Omaha World-Herald

According to a Web letter by Nebraska athletic director Shawn Eichorst, NU allocated the most resources “in the history of our program” toward recruiting NU football’s 2014 class. Eichorst touted the department’s effort in his Connecting on Campus column.

“So how do we generally go about recruiting? By providing our coaches and staff all the resources, support and facilities reasonably necessary to recruit, retain and graduate the best and brightest student-athletes,” Eichorst wrote. “For instance, this past year in football recruiting alone, we provided the most resources for recruiting in the history of our program. Our commitment likely will again lead the Big Ten and includes a number of additional full-time staff members assigned specifically to assist with recruiting.

“It’s important to note that our commitment and support of excellence is across the board. According to the most recent available NCAA Revenues and Expenses Report for all public schools (2011-12), Nebraska ranks sixth nationally and second in the Big Ten Conference in financial support allocated toward recruiting in all sports combined and since that report was published, our commitment has increased.

“Even though it’s extremely difficult to compare apples-to-apples, we are proud that our overall allocation of resources for recruiting consistently ranks among the best in the Big Ten Conference as well as nationally. Bottom line, we will continue to do what is reasonably necessary to put our programs in position to graduate our student-athletes and to compete for both conference and national championships.”

The “additional full-time staff members” mentioned in Eichorst’s letter likely refers to the recruiting support positions posted in the fall. As of signing day, the positions had yet to be filled, according to coach Bo Pelini.

On signing day, Pelini thanked Eichorst and the “administration” for supplying private planes in January that not only helped the Huskers finish its 2014 class, but helped kick-start recruiting for 2015.

The World-Herald has requested an interview with Eichorst to better outline where support was allocated, when and why, and to further explore what support may be planned in the future.

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