Published: 4:06 pm
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A months-old Facebook post has cost the Nebraska football stadium announcer his job one day after his hiring was announced.
Jon Schuetz said Tuesday that a university official told him he was let go because of a Facebook post critical of the firing of football coach Bo Pelini last November. Schuetz said he has deleted the post and declined to comment on what it said.
“They were correct to do it,” Schuetz said of his firing. “I own it. It should be a lesson to everybody: be very careful what you say on social media.”
The university has named Lane Grindle the Memorial Stadium announcer starting with Saturday’s game against BYU. Grindle has worked as radio sideline reporter for the Husker IMG Sports Network.
Grindle becomes the third man in a month to hold the job. The school on Aug. 6 fired its longtime public address announcer, Patrick Combs, after he was arrested on suspicion of bilking hundreds of thousands of dollars from two elderly women.
Schuetz’s voice is well-known in the state. He had worked more than 15 years as an Omaha sportscaster and 24 years overall in local television. He left TV in 2010 and works in private business in Omaha.
It wasn’t clear how the university discovered Schuetz’s Facebook post.
“Yesterday, the university was made aware of a social media comment posted last year by the newly-named football public address announcer, Jon Schuetz,” the athletic department said in a statement. “After reviewing the post, highly critical of university leadership and, after thorough internal discussion, we visited with Jon, who was extremely apologetic and agreed with our decision that he cannot represent the university in such a public capacity.”
Schuetz said he felt badly that the athletic department had to find a new announcer so close to the first game.
“There were people who went to bat for me to get me into the mix for this,” Schuetz said. “I feel like I let them down.”
Grindle will continue his pre- and postgame duties on the radio and will be the sideline reporter for away games. Former Nebraska quarterback Steve Taylor, who also works for the radio network, will be the sideline reporter for home games.