Shawn Eichorst is getting out of Dodge. (Wilfredo Lee / AP)

The University of Miami may soon learn the severity of its punishment from the NCAA for the extensive recruiting violations and improprieties that allegedly plagued the Hurricanes football program for more than a decade.

Miami athletic director Shawn Eichorst won’t be around to accept those sanctions. Eichorst resigned Thursday, according to an Associated Press report citing a person with knowledge of the situation, after less than 18 months on the job.

In the wake of the report, the Lincoln Journal Star reports that  “signs point to” Eichorst replacing Tom Osborne as A.D. at Nebraska. Osborne announced on Sept. 26 that he will retire in January.

Fourteen months have passed since Yahoo Sports broke the story that revealed the depth of alleged recruiting violations and improprieties that plagued the University of Miami football program for more than a decade.

But with whistle-blower and convicted Ponzi scheme architect Nevin Shapiro now serving a 20-year prison sentence, the other shoe has yet to drop. “The U” is bracing for an NCAA announcement detailing its fate in the coming months, and many expect the punishment will be severe.

Last November, Eichorst, who the Miami Herald reports was believed to be working closely with NCAA investigators during the joint inquiry into the school’s athletic department, addressed the scandal in his last extensive meeting with Miami reporters.

“I’m not making any excuses. I’m not asking anybody to feel sorry for me or anybody else,” Eichorst said seven months after he was hired (via the Miami Herald). “I’ve got a job to do and I’m only looking forward. I’m not looking backwards.”

Now it seems Eichorst is still looking forward – to his one-way ticket out of Coral Gables.

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