The 38-year-old analyst for CBS College Sports spoke to about 60 people gathered in the student center ballroom, then fielded questions from the audience before meeting with reporters.
Steven M. Sipple of the Lincoln Journal Star wrote: "Bottom line, I think he made it difficult for UNO Chancellor John Christensen to hire anybody else."
"I've been absolutely impressed by his frankness," Christensen said. "Clearly he's very accomplished in terms of his speaking ability, but I've been absolutely impressed and have had more comments from people saying, 'Wow. He tells it like it is.' He's carrying a very interesting message and he's striking a cord with people who have a chance to hear what that message is."
Would Alberts use the job as a steppingstone to return to Nebraska and take over for Tom Osborne, 72, who likely will step down as athletic director within a few years.
"There is no grand plan," Alberts said. "I have not discussed this with Coach Osborne. If you know Coach Osborne at all, that would not be a discussion that he would even participate in.
"My desire is to do something and contribute back to intercollegiate athletics. It makes a little sense that it would be somewhere in Nebraska. My intentions are pure. I want to be here."