Nebraska Cornhuskers

Nebraska fires athletic director after 5 years

Nebraska abruptly fired athletic director Shawn Eichorst on Thursday, citing a failure to improve the "on-field performance" by the Cornhuskers.

Chancellor Ronnie Green announced the move five days after the football team dropped to 1-2 for the second time in three years after an embarrassing 21-17 home loss to Northern Illinois.

Eichorst joined Nebraska in October 2012, and has about $1.7 million remaining on a contract that runs through June 2019.

"Shawn has led Nebraska athletics in many positive ways, but those efforts have not translated into on-field performance," Green said. "Our fans and our student-athletes deserve leadership that...