With the hiring of new Nebraska athletic director Trev Alberts, we have seen several Nebraska alumni come out in support of the hire. In his press conference, Alberts indicated that Scott Frost endorsed him for the job even before it was officially announced. Now, we are hearing promising words from another Nebraska great.
Quarterback Eric Crouch gave an interview to KOLN-TV 10/11 News on Friday. He was asked about Alberts taking over the athletic department, and certainly sang his praises. Among other things, he said one thing in particular that really stood out to me. “I’m happy because another football player is in the AD spot.”
The support of Eric Crouch is just another instance where a former Nebraska football star approves of new athletic director. It is worth noting that Crouch was on the hiring committee, as you’ll see in the interview below. The support of alumni is crucial for a couple of reasons.
For one, it’s no secret that the Nebraska football program has struggled. For a struggling program looking to revitalize itself, having the support of big-name alumni is crucial. Yes, making sure all the athletic programs succeed is important. However, it’s no secret that football is king.
Secondly, I would have to think that Crouch and other football alumni will have a small hand inmaking sure the football program gets back to its winning ways. What that will look like, I am not too sure. However, Crouch and other football alumni will undoubtedly be in Alberts’ ear. Who better to ask questions and bounce certain ideas off of the players who have been used to winning?
For all of the polarization that this hire has caused among Nebraska football fans, Nebraska alumni seem to approve. With such a big alumni base, the fact that so many are coming out in support of him is a good thing. That sets a good precedent for Albert’s tenure at Nebraska.
In any event, Crouch’s endorsement is a big one. It shows that those who value the tradition most are comfortable with the powers that be.