#27 Tom Osborne
Nebraska AD Tom Osborne retires
On September 26, Tom Osborne announced that he would be retiring as Nebraska’s Athletic Director effective January 1, 2013. He has served in that capacity for just over five years. Osborne is credited for stabilizing the school’s Athletic Department and leading the Cornhuskers into the Big 10.
But it would take pages of copy to chronicle Osborne’s accomplishments at Nebraska. A shortened version of that history would reveal his three national championships (1994, 1995 and 1997), his 13 conference championships, his 255-49-3 overall record and his induction into the College Football Hall of Fame.
Osborne has also made a profound difference in the lives of countless players and coaches, not to mention the college football fans in Nebraska and across the country. For Osborne, that has been the most important part of his legendary career.
“When coaches die or retire, usually the first thing people talk about is the win-loss record,” he said. “Somehow that defines you. I hope that isn’t the sole definition of what I did as a coach. Relationships are the most important thing and hopefully I was consistent in my spiritual walk and that players saw that.”