| FTBL It's been a rough year for UW. Losing DeBoer and those staff members...now their AD is heading to Nebraska (after six months on the job.)

Six months after Troy Dannen arrived to be Washington’s 16th director of athletics, the Huskies are back on the search for someone to lead the UW athletic department.

Dannen, who was announced as UW’s new AD to replace the outgoing Jen Cohen on Oct. 7, has left Montlake to take the same job at Nebraska, a UW spokesperson confirmed to The Seattle Times. UW declined to immediately comment on the departure.

Dannen is finalizing a six-year contract with the Cornhuskers according to ESPN’s Pete Thamel.

During his short tenure at Washington, Dannen oversaw Washington’s run to the College Football Playoff championship game, the hiring of football coach Jedd Fisch to replace Kalen DeBoer, and the firing of men’s basketball coach Mike Hopkins.

“I am so honored to have the opportunity to serve the University of Washington, our students, coaches, staff, faculty and incredible fans,” Dannen said in a press release announcing his hiring in October. “Throughout this process, the passion, love and spirit of the UW was evident in every conversation, as was the alignment necessary for comprehensive success. We will compete for championships, and we will provide an unmatched experience for our student-athletes.

“The future has never been brighter for Husky Athletics, and I am humbled to steward the next chapter in our storied history.”
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