Perhaps aware of the NCAA missile silos gathering coordinates on Coral Gables, Miami athletic director Shawn Eichorst resigned as athletic director and presumably will replace the retiring Tom Osborne at Nebraska.
Eichorst lasted less than two years on South Beach after arriving from Wisconsin (he was deputy athletic director). He succeeded Kirby Hocutt, I wrote about his situation a few weeks ago, the current Texas Tech athletic director who may or may not have exited once he realized the depth of the Nevin Shapiro scandal.
Plenty, most of the southern Florida variety, are likely to confuse timing with necessity in this resignation. Yes, Miami faces Notre Dame this weekend in a matchup with more 1990’s luster than two decades later. Both programs have responded well to adversity – for the Irish, the schedule; for the Hurricanes, the depth – but Catholics vs. Convicts isn’t more significant to Shawn Eichorst than his career.
If he remained in Coral Gables until sanctions are levied, it’s a real possibility his name is tainted for administrative ignorance of which he had no part. Or, he can replace a legend in Lincoln and forget that he ever had to answer questions about strippers in South Beach.
The choice seems simple. Those that sport green and orange might be tempted to deride him for a lack of loyalty but the fun begins if Al Golden packs up and leaves.
Golden is now working under his third athletic director since being hired from Temple. He was given an extension as a basic apology for the athletics offices not telling him about the Yahoo! Sports report.
What if the Arkansas Razorbacks call in November?
Does rebuilding the U brand trump an SEC job and a school clear of staggering penalties?
Shawn Eichorst, like Kirby Hocutt found a way out of the rubble. It wouldn’t surprise me if the head coach isn’t too far behind.