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Trev Alberts extension right move for stability of Nebraska athletics



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Nebraska announced the extension of athletic director Trev Alberts on Tuesday. The extension will go until 2031, and will include an annual base salary of $1.67 million. There will be an increase to $2.1 million beginning in 2026. It’s also important to note that no taxpayer money will be used for this deal, per the Daily Nebraskan.

Alberts has had a busy tenure since taking over the athletic director role in 2021.  His biggest moves have come with the football program. First, he made the decision to fire Scott Frost in September 2022, after the latter’s tumultuous tenure at Nebraska. He made his first major hire last November, hiring Matt Rhule. It’s only year one of the Rhule regime, but the program is undoubtedly trending upwards and is better right now than at this point last year.

Alberts also made the decision to stick with men’s basketball coach Fred Hoiberg. The team has seen gradual improvement, and finished with a 16-16 record last year. The nine Big Ten wins the program recorded last year were the most of Hoiberg’s tenure. Alberts indirectly defended Hoiberg in February, saying he saw ‘undeniable progress’ within the program.

On top of the football and basketball, Alberts helped with the efforts to have a ‘Volleyball Day’ at Memorial Stadium. The event was successful, as 92,003 packed the stadium. It was a defining moment for a volleyball program that deserves every bit of praise it gets.

Those are just some of the highlights of Albert’s tenure as athletic director. He has provided the Nebraska athletic department with something outside of athletics too. Stability has been evident with Alberts at the helm and his involvement in the athletic programs have been noticeable. This was something that previous athletic director Bill Moos just did not do.

This long-term deal will allow Alberts to continue to craft his vision for the department itself. With several successful athletic programs, and others on the rise, Alberts has things going in the right direction. It spent a long time since the athletic department has had noticeable direction and a vision. Alberts has brought it to the table.  He is every bit deserving of the extension, and this was the right move for the athletic department, as it transitions into a new era of athletics.

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Danny is a Nebraska athletics fan and writer. He also enjoys writing about recruiting in his free time. Danny has been following the Huskers for the last five years. Find him on Twitter @NebCornholio.