Miami loses AD on heels of likely NCAA sanctions

Shawn Eichorst left his job as athletic director at scandal-ridden Miami on Thursday and accepted a five-year contract to succeed Tom Osborne at Nebraska.

Eichorst's departure comes at a curious time, with the Hurricanes playing Notre Dame in the rekindling of a football rivalry Saturday, and as the school braces to receive potentially crippling NCAA sanctions in the coming months for compliance violations.

Former Maine athletic director Blake James will be the acting AD, filling the role Eichorst held for less than 18 months.

"I am deeply disappointed in Shawn's departure to the University of Nebraska as I thoroughly enjoyed working with him," Miami president Donna Shalala said in a statement.

Eichorst's salary at Nebraska will be $973,000 annually, believed to be a big raise. As a private school, Miami typically does not release contract information.

Osborne, 75, one of college football's legendary coaches, announced last month he will retire Jan. 1 after five years as AD. Eichorst will start Oct. 9, first as a special assistant to Chancellor Harvey Perlman, then assuming Osborne's role Jan. 1.

"I am humbled by both the responsibility and opportunities that lie ahead, and I hope to carry on the rich tradition of Husker excellence set by Coach Osborne and so many others," Eichorst said in a statement.

Eichorst has not spoken with Miami reporters in months, citing the NCAA investigation as the reason why requests were declined.

Perlman said the problems at Miami were a prominent aspect of his discussions with Eichorst.

The story about Miami's NCAA mess broke publicly in August 2011, when claims made by former booster and convicted Ponzi scheme architect Nevin Shapiro — now serving a 20-year prison term for his role in bilking investors out of $930 million — were published by Yahoo Sports. Shapiro said he provided dozens of Miami athletes and recruits with impermissible benefits over eight years starting in 2002.

The NCAA is expected to provide Miami with its notice of allegations this year. Once that happens, sanctions typically follow in about 90 days.

UCF rallies for win

ORLANDO — Quincy McDuffie scored on a 99-yard kickoff return and a 64-yard catch to help Central Florida beat East Carolina 40-20.

The Pirates (3-3, 2-1 Conference USA) took a 14-0 lead 8:51 in on Shane Carden's 76-yard pass to Justin Hardy. The rally for the Knights (3-2, 1-0) began on the ensuing kickoff, on which McDuffie scored. UCF, which went three-and-out on its first series, then scored on seven in a row, including four field goals by Shawn Moffitt and McDuffie's catch that made it 30-20 with 6:36 left in the third. On the eighth, it ran out the clock.

Arkansas St. 34, FIU 20: David Oku ran for three scores for the visiting Red Wolves. His 1-yarder put Arkansas State (3-3, 1-1 Sun Belt) up 14-10 with 29 seconds left in the first half. He later had a 2-yarder and a 4-yarder, and had 53 yards on 16 carries against the Panthers (1-5, 0-2).

Mizzou suspends five: Missouri receiver Dorial Green-Beckham, the consensus top national recruit in February, and four teammates were suspended for Saturday's game against Vanderbilt. The news came about 12 hours after Green-Beckham and two others were arrested, accused of smoking marijuana near the school's stadium.

TCU QB SUSPENDED: Starter Casey Pachall was suspended indefinitely after he was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Redshirt freshman Trevone Boykin likely will start Saturday against Iowa State.

Spartan cleared: The Big Ten said Michigan State offensive lineman Jack Allen did not violate its conduct policy after Ohio State sent the conference video that appeared to show him trying to gouge the eyes of defensive lineman Johnathan Hankins on Saturday. The conference said Allen's actions "weren't a football play" but not eye-gouging.

Arkansas: Coach John L. Smith amended his bankruptcy filing. He listed $40.7 million in debts, up from $25.7 million last month. The difference is $15 million owed to a bank in Louisville. Smith filed for bankruptcy Sept. 6 after real estate investments went bad.

Basketball: Tar Heels coach gets good news

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — North Carolina coach Roy Williams' second kidney tumor isn't cancerous, the school said. Williams, 62, had a biopsy of the tumor, discovered on his left kidney, Wednesday. The tumor is the same kind of noncancerous growth that was surgically removed from his right kidney Sept. 19. Williams won't need further surgery and should be ready for the start of preseason practice next week.

Kentucky: Twins Aaron and Andrew Harrison, the nation's No. 1 shooting guard and point guard, respectively, in the class of 2013, according to ESPNU, orally committed. The pair, from the Houston suburb of Richmond, also listed SMU and Maryland as finalists.

Texas Tech: Associate coach Chris Walker was named interim coach. Billy Gillispie resigned Sept. 20 after one season, citing health concerns.

Miami loses AD on heels of likely NCAA sanctions 10/04/12 [Last modified: Friday, October 5, 2012 12:27am]

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