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Texas A&M to hire Nebraska Director of Athletics Trev Alberts

March 13, 2024
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Texas A&M University is set to hire Trev Alberts as its next Director of Athletics.

The news was originally reported by Brent Zwerneman of the Houston Chronicle on X, formerly Twitter.

TexAgs’ co-owner and executive editor Billy Liucci has confirmed Zwerneman’s report.

An announcement from Texas A&M's athletic department is expected shortly.

Alberts, 53, is currently the Director of Athletics at the University of Nebraska, a position he has held since July of 2021.

An All-American linebacker for the Cornhuskers, Alberts won the 1993 Dick Butkus Award and has his No. 34 jersey retired by his alma mater.

After a brief NFL career with the Indianapolis Colts and a foray into broadcasting, Alberts became the athletic director at the University of Nebraska-Omaha in 2009 before returning to Lincoln in 2021 following Bill Moos' retirement.

In November, Alberts received a new contract to keep him at Nebraska through 2031, which raised his salary from $800,000 to $1.7 million. According to a news release from Nebraska, that salary was supposed to increase further to $2.1 million in 2026. The contract also included a clause that liquidation damages would be paid to the university should Alberts leave for a different job.

During his three-year stint in Lincoln, Alberts is credited with a handful of accomplishments, including hiring football coach Matt Rhule and helping land a 15-year, $300 million multimedia rights agreement with Play Fly Sports. Additionally, "Volleyball Day in Nebraska" drew 92,000 fans to Memorial Stadium — the largest attendance for a women's sporting event in history.

With the hire, Alberts is set to become A&M's fourth athletic director since Bill Byrne's retirement in May of 2012. His addition comes after Ross Bjork was named Ohio State's AD in-waiting in January.

Following Bjork's departure, former A&M football coach R.C. Slocum was named the interim director of athletics, and a search committee was assembled by Texas A&M President Mark A. Welsh III.

The seven-person committee was chaired by David Dunlap and included Slocum along with Joni Taylor, Jim Schlossnagle, Joe Fields, Chris Cooper, Paul Batista and Susan Ballabina.

Their search was aided by Turnkey and ultimately led the university to Alberts.

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Texas A&M to hire Nebraska Director of Athletics Trev Alberts

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chick79
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Underwhelming. He hated the Aggies when he was on ESPN.
themissinglink
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I have no idea how to judge an AD hire.

I liked the Matt Rhule hire. Will be interested to see if it will work out. The "Volleyball Day in Nebraska" was big and did a great job promoting the team. NO idea how to judge the media rights deal but seems impressive.

My big question is how does he manage projects and fundraising in the new NIL era.
John Cocktolstoy
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Well he spoke his mind I guess!

On September 6, 2005, Alberts was terminated by ESPN for breaching his contract when he declined to report to work; Alberts later claimed he did not want to "play second fiddle" to the more prominent cast of College GameDay, Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit and Lee Corso.
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Clown show continues
themissinglink
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Nebraska fans seems pretty upset about it so it's probably a good hire.

I guess some of our fans aren't happy about it because he said mean things about us in the Fran era when we were admittedly a clown show.
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Meh…$Bill 2.0. Without a history of building winning football teams…like Bill. And too little time in seat at Nebraska.
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Don't think he's any worse than the guy he's replacing. But is he an improvement? As others have already posted, have no idea how to evaluate an AD.
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greg.w.h said:

Meh…$Bill 2.0. Without a history of building winning football teams…like Bill. And too little time in seat at Nebraska.
Hey shut your mouth...he is going to build up our volleyball team!
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greg.w.h
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Hey…he eliminated football at UNO!!! Maybe we got the right guy after all???
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I just felt the rushing wind of the entire Faculty Senate in unison swiveling their heads and saying "Wait, WHAT!!! Can we have the money???"
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what's up with stealing Nebraska's AD's?
1st Dollar Bill and now Trev.

Surprising hire IMO, in that Alberts is an alumnus of Nebraska and you would think that it would be his dream job, but I suppose that he likes $$$ better.....
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I much rather would've gotten Hocutt to send Tech into the shadow realm
John Cocktolstoy
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As much as I will joke about hiring another Nebraska AD, this one makes a lot of sense in that he has NIL figured out. He has put Nebraska in the top tier of earners. Here he should have a field day. He will be hard to replace at Nebraska from what I am hearing.
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Maybe he will get loaded, bite some girl while having rough sex and leave creepy messages on her voicemail.
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What in the hell? He's a legend there and just took that job a few years ago! This makes little sense to me at this time.
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Milwaukees Best Light said:

Maybe he will get loaded, bite some girl while having rough sex and leave creepy messages on her voicemail.

Who we talkin bout up in hare?
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Wow. I loved this hire. What am I missing? In less than 3 years at Nebraska he had a home run football hire in Rhule, negotiated a great media rights deal, stuck by Hoiberg as there basketball team is going back to the tourney and had an event with the largest woman's crowd in sports history. Why all of the hate?
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That takes some stones by Trev to walk away from your school like that after just getting rolling. I mean big stones.
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themissinglink said:

Nebraska fans seems pretty upset about it so it's probably a good hire.

I guess some of our fans aren't happy about it because he said mean things about us in the Fran era when we were admittedly a clown show.


Forget mean things.

We are going to pay a ten million buyout for him and then bump him to two million a year in pay.
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Wow. I loved this hire. What am I missing? In less than 3 years at Nebraska he had a home run football hire in Rhule, negotiated a great media rights deal, stuck by Hoiberg as there basketball team is going back to the tourney and had an event with the largest woman's crowd in sports history. Why all of the hate?
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That takes some stones by Trev to walk away from your school like that after just getting rolling. I mean big stones.

It is not a new thing to move to A&M and increase your salary. Everyone knows we have so much in place here, and it really is just going to take the right hires to make this go. I have been digging this morning trying to figure out the move also. Rhule and Alberts have been working together very well and really like each other from what I have been told. I did hear a story early that there was some ruff goings and they did not see eye to eye...that was not holding water. Alberts knows we have the makings here and he wants to be the one to get us there.
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greg.w.h
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We are looking for explicit reasons for hiring: the press release was pro forma…

(It hasn't happened yet…I know.)
Comeby!
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No one asking about the liquidated damages clause?
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Maybe he thinks he has topped out at Nebraska with no upside potential compared to A&M with lots of upside potential in all sports that have been under performing and nowhere to go but up.
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I expect him to be tough, fair, no nonsense type of manager. Take no prisoners. I just hope he does not get sucked into the local bureaucratic groups that do not allow the AD to do his job. It is a lonely job being a true leader.
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um, Matt Ruhle is a home run hire?

he went 5-7 last year while making $9 MM

(without playing Penn State or Ohio State)
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FTAG 2000 said:

themissinglink said:

Nebraska fans seems pretty upset about it so it's probably a good hire.

I guess some of our fans aren't happy about it because he said mean things about us in the Fran era when we were admittedly a clown show.


Forget mean things.

We are going to pay a ten million buyout for him and then bump him to two million a year in pay.
Four million buyout:

https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/news/texas-a-m-targeting-trev-alberts-as-athletic-director-nebraska-football-legend-in-line-to-replace-ross-bjork/
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Milwaukees Best Light said:
Maybe he will get loaded, bite some girl while having rough sex and leave creepy messages on her voicemail.

Who we talkin bout up in hare?

I think he is referring to Broadcaster Mmmaaarrrvvv! Albert.
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W said:

um, Matt Ruhle is a home run hire?

he went 5-7 last year while making $9 MM

(without playing Penn State or Ohio State)
Ya because everyone knows that you judge a coaching hire on his first year taking over a program that has had 6 losing seasons in a row. And winning 10 games back to back years at Temple then turning around a Baylor team from 1-11 to 11-3 in 3 season is easy. You are right - garbage hire.
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Houstonag said:

I expect him to be tough, fair, no nonsense type of manager. Take no prisoners. I just hope he does not get sucked into the local bureaucratic groups that do not allow the AD to do his job. It is a lonely job being a true leader.
If anyone is interested, you can go listen to 590AM in Omaha. They have been talking about it a lot early this morning. Not sure if there is a way to listen to the morning show.
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Him leaving his alma mater to come here makes me think we just gave him the bag. Not saying this is a bad hire, but dont know how it's a good hire either.
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I was hoping for a Texas home-grown leader!

My friend's friend, Dunlap, let us down.
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The BMAs make the important hiring decisions. The "best" an AD can do is think he's an actual decision maker and try to hire a Stoops.

Best to not hire an AD at all and use the money on NIL.
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Trev Alberts left his alma mater to come to Texas A&M. He might think he has reached his ceiling at Nebraska, and he has an opportunity to help Texas A&M Athletics reach new heights after underperforming for decades. If Nebraska fans seem pretty upset about Trev Alberts' departure, then it could be a good sign.
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Brilliant
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