Trev Alberts quits UNO to join Nebraska, Internet says 'try not to disband football this time'
Trev Alberts, one of the most decorated players in Husker football history has quit UNO after a 12-year long administrative tenure to run Nebraska’s athletic department. Alberts replaced Bill Moos, who retired with 18 months left on his five-year contract. It is important to note that Alberts took up the role at a moment when the football program has had four straight losing seasons.
Alberts cut the football program over at UNO along with wrestling as part of a decision to take UNO athletics to Division I. Alberts stayed at UNO 10 more years after he made those decisions and was passed over for the NU AD job when Shawn Eichorst succeeded Tom Osborne in 2012 and also when Moos was hired in 2017. In other news, Louisiana State University’s (LSU) head football coach, Les Miles was recently embroiled in some assault allegations. Twitter also went into a frenzy a few weeks ago when former football coach Mark Richt revealed he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.
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Alberts met with Husker coaches Wednesday morning, on July 14 as NU held a press conference at 11 am, Wednesday, at Memorial Stadium. "It is such a tremendous honor to have this opportunity to lead Husker athletics. UNL has incredibly talented coaches and student-athletes, and a fan base like no other program in the country. The future of Big Red is bright. I can’t wait to join the Husker athletics team and get going, " Alberts said in a statement.
UNL Chancellor Ronnie Green, who hired Alberts, appreciated his passion for Nebraska and college athletics. "He knows how to help build competitive, winning programs and is committed to long-term success. He knows how to navigate the complex financial aspects of a media-driven business. He remains a student-athlete at heart and prioritizes student success, on and off the playing field. I am so pleased to welcome this Husker back home to Husker Nation, " Green said in a statement. University of Nebraska President Ted Carter also noted that Alberts “understands the special role that Husker athletics plays in the state. And he knows firsthand the discipline and hard work necessary to compete with the best. I’m thrilled that we have found someone in the Nebraska family to lead our student-athletes, coaches and staff forward."
'There goes the Football and Wrestling programs'
People were largely 'unhappy' with the new hire over at Nebraska’s athletic department. One user wrote, "The guy that killed football at UNO is NU's new AD? Worst hire in the history of the hire at all levels and in all jobs." Another commented, "Try not to disband football this time." One user tweeted, "Hard pass after the way he treated people at UNO in shutting down wrestling and football. No respect for this hire." Another wrote, "Does this mean we’re getting rid of football?!" "There goes the Football and Wrestling programs #HockeySchool."
The guy that killed football at UNO is NU's new AD? Worst hire in the history of the hire at all levels and in all jobs.— Ken Peterson (@kedward402) July 14, 2021
Try not to disband football this time.— David S. (@sandodfs) July 14, 2021
Hard pass after the way he treated people at UNO in shutting down wrestling and football. No respect for this hire.— Nicholas Push (@NicholasPush) July 14, 2021
Does this mean we’re getting rid of football?!— gobigreddie (@gobigreddie) July 14, 2021
There goes the Football and Wrestling programs #HockeySchool— Kyle Hunter (@kmhunt19) July 14, 2021