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Eichorst was believed to be working closely with the NCAA during the joint inquiry into the athletic department, so his departure comes at a difficult time for both the department and the university, which is already dealing with a number of issues unrelated to the investigation, such as dwindling football attendance and major financial problems involving its highly touted medical school.

Eichorst addressed the scandal in a roundtable interview with Miami reporters on Nov. 1, 2011.

“I’m not making any excuses. I’m not asking anybody to feel sorry for me or anybody else,” Eichorst said. “I’ve got a job to do and I’m only looking forward. I’m not looking backwards.”

Now, he’s looking at a new beginning.

“I was impressed with Shawn’s credentials and experience but more importantly his respect for and appreciation of the tradition of the Nebraska Athletics program,” Perlman said. “He expressed from the onset his hope to draw on the experience and knowledge of Tom Osborne and the rest of the current staff in working to continue the department’s success both on and off the field.”