LINCOLN — The Nebraska athletic department Sunday night disputed a Texas newspaper report that a person representing NU contacted the agent of ex-Longhorn football coach Mack Brown to gauge Brown's interest in coaching the Huskers.
“Deny!” was the text from Nebraska Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst to The World-Herald. Eichorst offered no other comment and didn't respond to a follow-up text.
On Sunday afternoon, Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman tweeted information he got from an interview with Joe Jamail, who is Brown's agent, one of the nation's pre-eminent trial attorneys and a multi-million dollar donor to UT athletics.
Joe Jamail said he got a call from someone saying he represented Nebraska seeking Mack's interest. "He's not going to Nebraska," JJ said.— kbohls (@kbohls) December 15, 2013
Brown, 62, resigned at Texas on Saturday after 16 seasons with the Longhorns. The Austin American-Statesman quoted Jamail as saying Brown likely will stay at Texas as a special adviser to the president through 2020.
Attempts by The World-Herald to reach Jamail on Sunday night were unsuccessful.
Bohls said he planned to incorporate the information he tweeted about the Nebraska contact into his column for Monday. Bohls has worked at the Austin paper for 40 years and been the lead columnist for the past 19. He also is first vice president of the Football Writers Association of America.
Eichorst issued a statement in support of Nebraska's football athletes, coach Bo Pelini and the staff after the Huskers' final regular-season game, a 38-17 home loss to Iowa. The last line of the statement:
“We very much look forward to our upcoming bowl game and coach Pelini continuing to lead our program in the future.”