Osborne stepping down at Nebraska

Former Nebraska head football coach and current Athletic Director Tom Osborne is retiring from the University. The 75-year old Osborne made the announcement at a Wednesday morning press conference at Memorial Stadium.

Osborne became the school's 13th athletic director on October 16, 2007, and will retire effective January 1, 2013. He will be athletic director emeritus through June of 2013.

Osborne became a full-time assistant coach for the Huskers in 1967 under then head coach Bob Devaney. He replaced Devaney as the head coach after the 1972 season.

In 25-years as head coach the Huskers compiled a 255-49-3 record and won three national championships. He became the first coach in college football history to retire as a reigning national champion, and he became one of just four coaches in history to have the mandatory three-year waiting period waived for induction into the National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame in December of 1998.

Osborne put together the best five-year run in college football history from 1993 to 1997, going 60-3 with five straight 11-win seasons.

Osborne led NU to 13 conference crowns, including six of his last seven seasons on the sideline. All 25 of his husker teams won at least nine games and went to a bowl, while 15 won 10-or-more games.

In the classroom, the NU football program totaled 65 CoSIDA Academic All-America awards during Osborne's tenure as coach.

After his coaching career Osborne was Nebraska's Third District Representative in Congress from 2000-06. He then failed in his attempt to be elected governor of the state, falling in the republican primary to current governor Dave Heineman.

As athletic director Osborne has been instrumental in many construction projects to improve facilities at the University, including the current East Stadium expansion which includes an East Stadium research facility. Also on the radar is the new basketball arena, scheduled to open next season, new basketball practice facilities and headquarters for the volleyball program.

Osborne, in June of 2010, joined Chancellor Perlman and Big Ten Conference Commissioner Jim Delany in announcing Nebraska's move to the new league in July of 2011.

Perlman said a national search firm has been hired. It's the same firm that helped in the search for the new Michigan AD and the new Commissioner for the Big 12 Conference. Perlman also said there have been internal an external candidates for the position, and some interviews have already been conducted.

Perlman added that no further information on the search will be shared until an announcement on the new athletic director is made.

Osborne shared that he would like to devote as much time possible to the TeamMates mentoring program he and his wife, Nancy, founded in 1991. Right now the program has 6,000 mentor-mentee matches. He said he would like to grow that to 10,000 in the next three years.

© 2014 Rural Radio Network. All rights reserved. Republishing, rebroadcasting, rewriting, redistributing prohibited. Copyright Information