“It has been a pleasure and an honor to work in the Athletic Department for the past five years,” Osborne said at a press conference. “I hope that there have been some good things that have been accomplished during that time. I appreciate Chancellor [Harvey] Perlman giving me this opportunity. I've had the privilege of working with some outstanding people in the athletic department and have confidence that the trajectory of the athletic department is very good.”
Osborne has been the school's athletic director since 2007. He will continue to assist the athletic department during the transition.
No one has been more synonymous with Nebraska athletics and for that matter college football in general than the 75-year-old Osborne.
He spent 25 seasons as the head football coach (1973-97) accumulating a record of 255-49-3 (.836) during that time including three national championships – two of them in back-to-back in 1994 and 1995 – before winning his third in 1997.
He is in the college football Hall of Fame and is currently ranked 17th in all-time coaching victories.
Following his retirement in 1997, Osborne served three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. After leaving politics, he rejoined Nebraska as the athletics director in 2007. He was responsible for helping the school make the transition from the Big 12 to the Big Ten in 2011.
“It's been a privilege to work with Tom,” University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chancellor Harvey Perlman said. “The move into the Big Ten could not have happened without Tom's support.”
According to the school, Perlman has already begun the search for Osborne’s successor.
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