It seemed like an obvious choice for the Nebraska athletic department to dip in to its past for the interim athletics director job. But, the name from the past was very different from the one everyone thought would get it.
No, not current athletic department employee Trev Albert, but instead one of the best lineman of all-time will be coming back home to lead the department on a temporary basis.
Yes, the Huskers made the hire of Dave Rimington as interim athletics director official.
Rimington, who stared on the early 1980’s Huskers teams, was an All-American offensive lineman and has a post-season College Football award named after him, made it very clear he wouldn’t be in the running for the full-time job.
“I am humbled and grateful to accept this responsibility,” Rimington said in a statement. “I look forward to working with the coaches, staff and student-athletes at Nebraska, which is a truly special place that has had a profound impact on my life and the lives of countless others.”
A former star at Omaha South high school before playing his entire collegiate career with a torn knee ligament, Rimington was one of the most decorated players in the old Big 8’s history.
In fact, Rimington is the only offensive lineman in the conference’s history to be named the season Offensive Player of the Year, which he won in 1981.
The hope is that some of the magic of those days can rub off on the players, coaches and administrators still around the program.
It is part of what helped lead the Nebraska-Lincoln administration to pick Rimington in the first place.
“I’m so pleased that we could count on Dave Rimington, who is a Husker through and through, to answer our call to lend his administrative expertise and unwavering support for Nebraska Athletics during this key time of transition,” Green said in a statement. “I am confident that Dave will provide exceptional leadership as we move forward in our search for a new, permanent director of athletics.”
That new search likely isn’t going to take long, as they want the new guy or gal in place to make critical decisions in the coming months across all sports.