The Nebraska Cornhuskers athletic director, Tom Osborne held a press conference on Wednesday announcing his retirement from the position starting January 2013. He will continue to be around the programs for six months after his retirement to help with recruiting and his replacements transition period.
For those of you who don’t know much about Tom Osborne, he will basically go down in Nebraska as one of the best there ever was. He coached the Cornhuskers football team from 1973-1997 earning himself a 255-49-3 record before leaving the position to later become the AD. The in-between years of coaching football and becoming the AD, Osborne was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Just a few of his accomplishments as a coach:
ESPN Coach of the Decade (1999)
National Coach of the Year (1994)
Jim Thorpe Lifetime Achievement Award
Big 8 Coach of Year (1975, ’76, ’80, ’88, ’92-93, ’94)
Big 12 Coach of the Year (1996)
Nebraska’s College Athlete of the Year (1958, ’59)
Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame (1994)
Nebraska’s High School Athlete of the Year (1955)
On top of that, Osborne has three National titles under his belt and thirteen conference championships spanning across the Big 8 to the Big XII. So to say he has left an imprint on Nebraska football and college football is an understatement.
In the press conference, Osborne claimed age was the deciding factor in his decision. He is 75.
I never want to be one of those guys where people are wringing their hands and saying ‘What are we going to do with him?
Much respect to Tom Osborne and the last legacy he is leaving on college football.