Tom Osborne recently announced his retirement as Nebraska’s athletic director after nearly five years on the job. One of the true giants in college football, Osborne won 13 conference championships and three national titles during his 25-year stint as the head coach at Nebraska.
Here are some candidates to replace Osborne as the AD at Nebraska:
Trev Alberts, Athletic Director, Nebraska-Omaha
A former All-America linebacker at Nebraska, Alberts has been the A.D. at Nebraska-Omaha since 2009. Previously, Alberts served as a college football analyst at ESPN and CSTV.
Brad Bates, Athletic Director, Miami (Ohio)
Bates, a former linebacker at Michigan, was named the Athletic Director at Miami (Ohio) in 2002 after a 13-year stint as an administrator at Vanderbilt. He also worked as a strength coach at Vanderbilt and Colorado.
Joe Castiglione, Athletic Director, Oklahoma
Castiglione has been the Athletic Director at Oklahoma since 1998. One of his first moves was to hire Bob Stoops, then the defensive coordinator at Florida, to take over as the Sooners’ football coach. Prior to his tenure at OU, Castiglione served as an administrator at Missouri for 17 years, including the final five as the Athletic Director.
Shawn Eichorst, Athletic Director, Miami (Fla.)
Eichorst was named the Athletic Director at Miami in April 2011 after serving as the Deputy Athletic Director at Wisconsin from 2009-11. Prior to his stint at Wisconsin, he was at the University of South Carolina, where he was the Senior Associate Athletic Director for Administration. Eichorst also has served as the AD at Wisconsin-Whitewater, his alma mater.
Paul Meyers, Associate AD, Nebraska
Meyers, a former All-America baseball player at NU, has been the Associate Athletic Director for the Huskers Athletic Fund since 2005. He has worked at Nebraska, as a coach and administrator, for his entire professional career.
Jamie Pollard, Athletic Director, Iowa State
Pollard is currently in his seventh year as the Athletic Director at Iowa State. Previously he served in athletic administration at Wisconsin, Maryland and Saint Louis.
Dave Rimington, President, Boomer Esiason Foundation
Regarded as one of the best centers ever to play college football, Rimington was a two-time Outland Trophy winner at NU in the early 1980s. He was a first-round pick by the Cincinnati Bengals in 1983 and played seven seasons in the NFL. He joined the Boomer Esiason Foundation (an organization that heightens awareness, education and the quality of life for those affected by cystic fibrosis) in 1993. Rimington has no experience as a collegiate administrator.
Ed Stewart, Associate Commissioner, Big 12 Conference
Stewart, a captain on Nebraska’s 1994 national championship team, is the Associate Commissioner for Football and Student Services at the Big 12 Conference. Prior to joining the Big 12, Stewart served as an Associate AD at Missouri.
Dr. Jamie Williams, Associate AD, Nebraska
A tight end at Nebraska from 1979-82 and a 12-year veteran of the NFL, Williams currently serves as the school’s Associate Director of Diversity and Leadership Initiatives. He came to Nebraska in 2012 after serving as the Director of Athletics at Academy of Art University in San Francisco.