Twitter Blitz, Eichorst Edition
The press conference introducing Shawn Eichorst happened to fall at nearly the exact same time as the Bo Pelini weekly Big Ten teleconference. Other than backwardly splitting the media duties on an bye week, it does not seem to have slowed down the new guy. Maybe it was an intentional move by Harvey Perlman to prevent the guy from getting overloaded with the media requests right off the bat. No matter the reason, there was still a number of interesting comments from the twitter-verse.
It seems like Eichorst is quite good at saying the right things so far. Everyone he talked to appeared to be impressed with his comments. The guy really seems to care about advancing the various athletic programs in a positive way, and in more than just the sport.
"We will do everything we possibly can to position our (fb) program and young people in a way that they can be successful," Eichorst said.— Brian Christopherson (@HuskerExtraBC) October 9, 2012
Even Dr. Tom Osborne is pleased with the man brought in to replace him.
Oz said Eichorst is "well-grounded, pretty stable person. Has had a variety of experiences." Very favorable impression.#huskers— Samuel McKewon (@swmckewonOWH) October 9, 2012
While there are some who have been concerned that Dr. Tom was not more involved in the search to find his replacement, he is looking forward.
Osborne on AD search process: "I'm not here to look backward. I'm here to help Shawn get acclimated, get comfortable with the situation."— Brian Christopherson (@HuskerExtraBC) October 9, 2012
Osborne clearly had reasons for deciding to bow out at this time, but he focused on his age and uncertainty.
Tom Osborne: "When you're 75 there's always that element of doubt, 'How much longer is that guy going to be here?' (continues) ...— Steven M. Sipple (@HuskerExtraSip) October 9, 2012
Osborne (continued) ... "Doubt and uncertainty is the enemy of progress. At some point I knew I had to eliminate that doubt." #Huskers— Steven M. Sipple (@HuskerExtraSip) October 9, 2012
The coaches appeared to a bit of searching and feeling out on their own and were pleased with the results.
Bo on Eichorst: “I’ve heard nothing but great things from people he’s worked with and his reputation is impeccable." #Huskers— Brian Christopherson (@HuskerExtraBC) October 9, 2012
And Bo said on his teleconference that he had a favorable impression of Eichorst, too, based on "impeccable" resume. #huskers— Samuel McKewon (@swmckewonOWH) October 9, 2012
Miles, BTW, did some background digging on Eichorst and couldn't find any dirt. “He checks out to the highest degree. Everybody loves him."— Brian Rosenthal (@HuskerExtraBR) October 9, 2012
Miles: “I told Harvey I couldn’t find anything (bad) at all on this guy. Everybody that worked with him raved about him wanting the best."— Brian Rosenthal (@HuskerExtraBR) October 9, 2012
Now comes the process to hand off, and with Osborne leading the charge in that area, concern should be low. It will be a sad day when he is no longer officially a member of the program again, but the school has gone through it before.
"My job, at this point, is to make a successful hand-off, and we will get that done," Osborne said. "It will work very smoothly." #Huskers— Brian Christopherson (@HuskerExtraBC) October 9, 2012