Nebraska Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst visited the 10/11 Studios Tuesday. He sat down with Sports Director Kevin Sjuts to discuss a variety of issues. The questions and answers are posted below.
It's been nearly 3 months to the day that you were introduced as Nebraska's Athletic Director. You've been on the job about 2 weeks now...how's it been?
"It's going really well. I'm still doing a lot of looking and listening and learning. I'm still getting around to a lot of places. I'm still trying to find my parking spot and how to get into the various doors around the building and that sort of stuff. Coach has done such a wonderful job setting this place for success over the last few years andits really his lifetime work. Its a good situation."
You got to work with Coach Osborne to ease the transition. What was that like? Coming from outside of Nebraska, was there a sense of intimidation there?
"Not really. I had the great good fortune to work with a lot of iconic leaders and football coaches. I had done my homework. I had read a couple of coaches books over time. Really I didn't think about it that way. I just immersed myself in all things Nebraska."
He's [Osborne] still at the University, yet you're the Athletic Director. Will you seek advice or input from him? How do you see that relationship progressing?
"I've already done that. He's one floor above me. Its easy for me to get up and see him. Whenever he's in the office, we usually have an opportunity to speak. There are a number of things that have come up already and I've checked with him and got his perspective. I want to continue to do that. I think that's what will serve us both well."
Your first major announcement came last week — the addition of a new sport — Sand Volleyball. I'm guessing you would have thought that the first major thing you'd do is add Sand Volleyball!
"How 'bout that! Coach Cook and Coach Osborne had been talking about the prospect of adding the sport and things progressed late in Coach's tenure and he was gracious enough to keep me in the loop. At the end of the day, its going to put us on the cutting edge. We've always been on the cutting edge of the volleyball world. Sand will allow us to be a better indoor team."
The Nebraska football season ended with a 10-4 record and a competitive game in the Capital One Bowl against Georgia. Bo Pelini said after the game, his team would be a force to be reckoned with next season. What's your outlook of the Nebraska football program?
"I would concur with him. I'm encouraged with where our football program is. I've had an opportunity to have more time with him. He's a wonderful coach. I think we all know that. He knows what he's doing. I've said this before - a lot of programs would like to be playing for championships and on January 1 like Nebraska. We're going to keep pushing.. pushing the envelope. We'll get there. We'll get there under Bo Pelini."