LINCOLN — Nebraska has approached former football All-American Dave Rimington about serving as interim athletic director in the wake of Shawn Eichorst’s firing, a source with connections to the school’s administration told The World-Herald.
Rimington, 57, is president of the Boomer Esiason Foundation, which exists to raise money for cystic fibrosis research. Esiason and Rimington were quarterback and center together with the Cincinnati Bengals of the NFL. Esiason’s son has the disease.
Rimington, who lives in New York, couldn’t immediately be reached for comment Thursday afternoon.
Rimington played high school football at Omaha South, then went to Nebraska where he won the Outland and Lombardi Awards as the nation’s top lineman before moving on to professional football.
Often after an athletic director firing, a school promotes an associate A.D. as an interim. Nebraska has at least 10 associate A.D.s on staff making $150,000 or more annually. None apparently will be chosen to temporarily lead the department.
During a Thursday press conference, Chancellor Ronnie Green said an NU interim athletic director could be named within the next couple days.