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University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chancellor Ronnie Green, left, and President Hank Bounds take questions during a press conference Thursday after announcing the decision to fire athletic director Shawn Eichorst.

FRANCIS GARDLER, Lincoln Journal Star

LINCOLN -- University of Nebraska Chancellor Ronnie Green and president Hank Bounds said Thursday the school will use a search firm and an advisory committee as the athletic program moves to replace fired athletic director Shawn Eichorst.

Green also said the school would name an interim athletic director "in the next couple days" and that the search for Nebraska's next permanent athletic director "literally began a few hours ago."

UNL used a search firm to find Eichorst in 2012 when he took over for Tom Osborne.

While Green and Bounds had little to do with the hiring of Nebraska's most recent athletic directors, they vowed not to let the past influence their thinking as the search commences for Eichorst's replacement.

"We can't make our decision based on history," Bounds said.

Asked if there had been contact with current Nebraska-Omaha athletic director and former Husker football player Trev Alberts, who was giving a presentation to UNL's board of regents when Eichorst's firing was made public, Bounds said "we have not talked to anybody yet."

Bounds repeatedly returned to the same theme when discussing the decision to remove Eichorst and begin an immediate search.

"We expect our teams co compete on every playing surface," Bound said. "At the end of the day, not everybody can win every game. But we expect to be in every game and compete in every game."

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