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Huskers fire AD for 'on-field' struggles

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) For the second time in 10 years, Nebraska has ousted an athletic director during a football season that was failing to meet expectations.

The school's top administrators said the Cornhuskers' embarrassing loss to Northern Illinois last weekend wasn't the sole reason for firing of Shawn Eichorst on Thursday. But the loss that dropped the Cornhuskers to 1-2 for the second time in three years under coach Mike Riley certainly was the tipping point.

"It's never good to lose to a team that you should (beat). At least that's the theory," President Hank Bounds told The Associated Press. "At the end of the day, one sporting event doesn't cause you to make a decision. It certainly was something we had been thinking about and concerned about when we were thinking about what the future looked like."

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