Big 12: John Christensen
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
Former Nebraska All-American linebacker Trev Alberts has emerged as one of four finalists for the vacant athletic director job at Nebraska-Omaha -- despite no previous experience as an athletic administrator.
The Omaha World-Herald reported that Alberts, 38, a former Butkus Award winner with a long broadcasting career at several networks, is interested in the job.
"I was the poster child for positive experiences as a student-athlete," Alberts told the World-Herald. "I loved being a student. I loved going to class. The University of Nebraska prepared me for so many things. And I've always had this deep-seated longing to make a contribution back to athletics."
UNO chancellor John Christensen has three other candidates along with Alberts for the job. UNO is Division II in football but has a Division I hockey program that turns a profit.
The World-Herald reported others that will be interviewed with Alberts include Millard South Athletic Director Nolan Beyer, Dana (Neb.) High School Athletic Director and football coach Bill Danenhauer, and Mike Marcil, commissioner of the Sunshine State Conference and former head of the North Central Conference.
Alberts said he talked with his former coach, current Nebraska athletic director Tom Osborne, before he applied for the job.
"I asked Tom Osborne about it, because he was a nontraditional candidate himself [as Nebraska's athletic director]," Alberts said. "He knows my skill set, and I asked if he thought what I've done is transferable -- and he said he thought it was. There's plenty to learn, but the great thing about being an A.D. is that it isn't about one person -- it can't be, because it doesn't work that way. It's about developing a team and relying on others. The big thing is earning trust."
Alberts' name still resonates across the state of Nebraska and would produce a huge splash for the Mavericks. But it would be interesting to see how long he stayed at that job if he has success in his new position.