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Nebraska fires AD Eichorst

Eichorst will receive a $1.7 million buyout.

Lincoln (AP)- Nebraska has fired athletic director Shawn Eichorst, citing his failure to improve "on-field performance" by the Cornhuskers.

Chancellor Ronnie Green announced the move Thursday. Eichorst joined Nebraska in October 2012, and has about $1.7 million remaining on a contract that runs through June 2019.

Green praised Eichorst but says his "efforts have not translated into on-field performance. Green says winning "can and often does happen in concert with well-run, quality college programs."

Eichorst and football coach Mike Riley have been under increased scrutiny with the continued mediocrity of the program. Eichorst hired Riley in 2014, replacing Bo Pelini.

Riley is just 16-13 at Nebraska, a school that has won five national championships, went to bowl games every year from 1969-2003 but has not won a conference title since 1999. The Huskers are off to a second 1-2 start in three seasons.

Eichorst served as athletic director and UW-Whitewater from 1999-'03 and deputy athletic director at Wisconsin from 2009-'11.

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