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SBD/October 5, 2012/Colleges
Shawn Eichorst Officially Resigns As Miami AD; Will Succeed Osborne At Nebraska
Published October 5, 2012
CORAL GABLES PARADE: In West Palm Beach, Jorge Milian notes Eichorst leaves Miami as the athletic department "continues to live under the cloud of an NCAA investigation into improper benefits and services allegedly provided to dozens of athletes by former booster Nevin Shapiro.” Miami football coach Al Golden said that Eichorst was “not at UM when the alleged wrongdoing occurred and was not told of the situation by UM officials when he interviewed for the AD job in April 2011.” UM President Donna Shalala named Senior Associate AD/Development & Ticket Operations Blake James “to serve as acting athletic director” (PALM BEACH POST, 10/5). In Miami, Susan Miller Degnan reports UM will “begin a search" to replace Eichorst, with James "considered the top internal candidate.” The school likely will “search to find a candidate who has strong fundraising skills and appears interested in staying at the school long-term.” UM officials were “unhappy about losing their past two athletic directors -- Kirby Hocutt and Eichorst -- after short tenures” (MIAMI HERALD, 10/5). In Ft. Lauderdale, Michael Casagrande writes Eichorst's short term was “not one spent in the spotlight.” Instead, Eichorst “worked behind the scenes.” His “biggest move was hiring men's basketball coach Jim Larranaga soon after taking the job in April of 2011.” Eichorst's replacement “will be the fourth AD to run the program since 2008” (South Florida SUN-SENTINEL, 10/5).
CROSSING THE ATLANTIC: ESPN.com’s Andrea Adelson noted the ACC “now has its third program without an athletic director as Miami, Clemson and Boston College have hires to make.” Former Clemson AD Terry Don Phillips and former Boston College AD Gene DeFilippo “made their marks at their respective schools,” but Eichorst was “only around Miami for 18 months, and leaves no real stamp on a program that is in desperate need of some sort of stability.” Having an opportunity to return to the Big Ten "must have been appealing, with an NCAA investigation hanging over the program he inherited” (ESPN.com, 10/4). In Boston, John Connolly reports the Boston College search committee to find a successor to DeFilippo “has uncovered four candidates.” Sources said that the candidates include Xavier Associate VP & AD Mike Bobinski, Miami (OH) AD Brad Bates, VCU AD Ed McLaughlin and Wisconsin Deputy AD Sean Frazier. Boston College Associate AD/Media Relations Chris Cameron “declined to comment on specific candidates and said he was not aware of any timetable for the committee to complete its work” (BOSTON HERALD, 10/5).