We’ve got nothing against ESPN analyst Trev Alberts. He seems like a nice enough guy, and the way he took a stand against ESPN management in 2005 — costing himself his own gig there — was both strong-willed and honest. Nonetheless, all the nice things you can say about Alberts don’t make his appointment as the University of Nebraska-Omaha’s new athletic director any more sane.
- Alberts has never been a coach at any level, and now he’s going to be in charge of hiring all the coaches for an entire school, from football (maybe he can pull that off) to gymnastics (whuh?).
- For the entirety of Alberts’ professional career, he has been a talking head, so he’s never done a day of work where he wasn’t reading from a teleprompter.
- UNO is almost certainly leaning on his celebrity status and Nebraska roots — he was an All-American linebacker and Butkus award winner for the Huskers in 1993 — to impress candidates, yet that’s never landed other Nebraska alums at any of his prior posts.
All-in-all, the move seems like a pretty enormous leap of faith to think that Alberts can run the school’s entire athletic department. Coach the football team? OK, maybe we’d buy that. Run the budget for 15 different varsity sports in the middle of an economic recession? Do we even know that he’s successfully run his family’s grocery budget before?
Then again, maybe Alberts won’t need the prior experience. After all, he’s working for a school that actively markets itself to prospective students as a place that has “Maverick Mojo“. Wasn’t that the name of the talking cat on “Sabrina the Teenage Witch“or something?
Regardless, we’re pretty sure that part of the school’s sell job to Alberts was convincing him they could make hair horns for him like the girl above. After all, if your school’s mascot is going to be a cow, you might as well go whole hog and look like a jackass while trying to convince people to work there. We’d have a lot more respect for Alberts with horns than without, wouldn’t you?