Skip to content

Tom Osborne to retire Jan. 1

Tom Osborne AP

Tom Osborne‘s run as the face of Nebraska athletics will, for the second time, officially come to an end in very short order.

At a press conference Wednesday afternoon, Osborne announced that he will be stepping down as NU’s athletic director, effective Jan. 1. 2013.  At that point, Osborne will hold the title of athletic director emeritus, but will continue to be actively involved in athletic department operations through July 30, 2013.

A search for the 75-year-old Osborne’s successor has already commenced.

“It has been a pleasure and an honor to work in the Athletic Department for the past five years,” Osborne said in a statement. “I hope that there have been some good things that have been accomplished during that time. I appreciate Chancellor 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 spent 25 years as the Cornhuskers’ head football coach, compiling a 255-49-3 record — including three national championships — between1973 and 1997.  After retiring from football, Osborne served as a U.S. Congressman from 2000-2006, representing Nebraska’s 3rd District.

His failed bid in 2006 for the Nebraska governorship was followed the next year by his naming as NU’s 13th athletic director.

Arguably the biggest achievement as head of Husker athletics was his guiding the department in its move from the Big 12 to the Big Ten.

“It’s been a privilege to work with Tom,” chancellor Harvey Perlman said. “The move into the Big Ten could not have happened without Tom’s support.

“He has made the facilities stronger and has expanded the department’s role in assisting students through the student life center. He has been instrumental in incorporating research facilities into the athletics complex that build on the department’s reputation for innovation. The university and the state of Nebraska are in his debt for the many contributions he has made to both over the course of his career.”

Permalink 16 Comments Feed for comments Latest Stories in: Big Ten Conference, Nebraska Cornhuskers, Rumor Mill, Top Posts
16 Responses to “Tom Osborne to retire Jan. 1”
  1. silverdeer says: Sep 26, 2012 1:23 PM

    As a Michigan fan, I was glad to see Nebraska come to the B1G as Nebraska was my 2nd favorite team. I hope Mr. Osborne enjoys his retirement. He has definitely earned it.

  2. herbiecane says: Sep 26, 2012 1:23 PM

    None finer.

  3. tlmoon2112 says: Sep 26, 2012 1:45 PM

    Despite the 62-14 woopin my team took from Big Red in the 1995 National Championship Game, no hard feelings….Hes a class act and deserves every accolade that comes his way. I wish the man nothing but the best.

  4. roundup5 says: Sep 26, 2012 1:58 PM

    Those not affiliated with NU, have no idea what this
    true gentleman has meant to the University, it’s football
    program, and entire Athletic program.
    A true, true gentleman!
    Coach, may you enjoy your retirement with years of good
    health and happiness!

  5. mhalt99 says: Sep 26, 2012 2:52 PM


    In light of the PSU scandal and what can happen when we put a program and a man above all else….how come no mention of Osbourne hiding a gun that one of his players used to commit a felony? Police looked and looked and where did they find it?

    All we do by ignoring these past behaviors by coaches is to encourage the program first and everyone else second. Maybe if they would have come down hard on Osbourne back and set an example that winning wasn’t everything, then maybe there would be a few less victims in the state of Pennsylvania today.

  6. dalucks says: Sep 26, 2012 3:37 PM


    I am glad to know I am not the only person who remembers the gun in the safe incident. Was the player Lawrence Phillips? Granted he had a great run at Nebraska but lets not make it seem he was by the book. He had his flaws like anyone else. But on his retirement, I salute his successful run.

  7. southernpatriots says: Sep 26, 2012 4:24 PM

    As many hundreds, even thousands of young boys he helped mature into young men, for the most part gentlemen, and he remained so with dignity all his career and life so far. As much as he has done in the lives of the young men and in football, I will remember Tom Osborne’s ability to relate complex passages in the Bible and make them simple. He was a true teacher, a teacher of young men, a teacher of football, and a teacher of eternal principles.

    More than one time while reading his notes, or his book Faith in the Game, more than one time, tears came to my eyes. I met this man of men, on three occasions. I told him God had him placed perfectly in the Nebraska cornfields but I wanted to get him in the south Louisiana swamps and teach him how real cooking was done! He laughed, as I did. Great books have already been written about Tom and likely many more will be written, but he is truly a man, a man with faith, and a man with a heart, a really big heart.

    Enjoy your retirement. The invitation is still open to come to south Louisiana any time and we will show you a great time, after all your record against my LSU Tigers is 5-0-1.

  8. huskersrock1 says: Sep 26, 2012 5:06 PM

    Monte Kiffen would be my choice to replace him. Monte is from Lexington, Nebraska, played at Nebraska and was defensive coordinator for Devaney. He is getting a little older and might want to slow down (and get away from his son). Now might be the time to bring him home. The only negative is the fact he is 72.

  9. mhalt99 says: Sep 26, 2012 5:14 PM

    dalucks says:

    He was a great coach indeed, though like many men he had flaws. The hidden gun in his safe was just one of a few problems that made it to the light of day including the Philips case and Christian Peter……what is scary is what didn’t make it into the light.

    Who knows how many skeletons are buried in his closet. Different game today as everyone has a camera/video phone.

    Though he did win so I guess in our society it makes it ok for him to cover up a few rapes and sexual assaults. Hey he was 5-0 against LSU!!!!….

  10. orangeclipper says: Sep 26, 2012 5:35 PM

    Really, out side of nebraska who cares?

  11. 11thstreetmafia says: Sep 26, 2012 8:58 PM

    This clown is still alive? Not for long now.

  12. pens5829 says: Sep 26, 2012 10:09 PM

    Husker fans. You’re more than welcome to have Steve Pederson back, along with his boss.

  13. lowtalker says: Sep 26, 2012 11:17 PM

    11thstreet . . .you are an idiot.v

  14. dmvtransplant says: Sep 27, 2012 9:36 AM

    If this guy set such a high bar, then why does Nebraska allow that clown Bo to coach the team now?

  15. csc1994 says: Sep 28, 2012 10:44 PM

    Yes, the day has come that all of Nebraska did not want to see. But, the entire athletic department has been built and maintained by the pride of the Husker Nation. And, to imply that Bo is a “Clown” is one of the most irritating things that anyone who follows college football can say. If that is your opinion, feel free to issue that insult in T.O.’s direction as well. Because the records are practically mirror images of each other at this point in their careers! And, now that Bo has had a chance to work through the absolute cluster —- that was created by Callahan, he can move toward rebuilding the Dynasty that was and always will be Husker Football!

  16. dmvtransplant says: Sep 30, 2012 4:25 PM

    @ csc1994

    Clown by which I mean:
    1. Blackshirts playing almost no defense last year
    2. Screaming at “kids” not grown men on the sidelines during games
    3. Not being able to finish the job against Texas in the conference championship game
    3. Not being able to beat a bad team twice in a bowl game
    4. Speaking of bowls Bo’s record at the huskers is a Joke: Big wins over two bad teams in Clemson & Arizona
    5. Don’t forget completely embarrassed himself last year in his first conference game & the huge mess that was Capital One Bowl

    I won’t even go into the fact that his first couple of seasons were playing in the weakest division in college football against a murder’s row of Kansas, Colorado, MIZZU, KSU talk about running the gauntlet. If you think he’s the guy to build a dynasty, then brother I know an Prince in Africa that could use your help.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!