Journalist Lars Anderson tweeted Friday evening what many Husker followers had been speculating for much of the day -- that former Nebraska linebacker and veteran sports administrator Ed Stewart will be the next athletic director in Lincoln.

"Hearing from my most trusted @HuskerFBNation source, the next Athletic Director at Nebraska will be Ed Stewart," Anderson's tweet states.

The position opened up unexpectedly earlier Friday when Bill Moos announced his retirement, effective June 30.

It was Anderson whose tweets about the impending hires of football coach Scott Frost in 2017 and basketball coach Fred Hoiberg in 2019 proved correct.

Ed Stewart

Stewart then and now.

Stewart, 49, is the Big 12 Conference's executive associate commissioner for football and has been with the league for 14 years after working at the University of Missouri and Michigan State University. As a senior at Nebraska, he was a captain of the 1994 national championship team and was a Butkus Award finalist and the Big Eight Defensive Player of the Year.

A native of Lincoln, Neb., Anderson wrote for Sports Illustrated for 20 years starting in 1994 following a stint as a reporter at the Lincoln Journal Star. He received a bachelor's degree from St. Olaf College in Minnesota and a master's from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. He has written several books and currently teaches journalism at the University of Alabama.