Osborne to step down as Nebraska AD?
by Erick Smith, USA TODAY Sports
Nebraska athletics director Tom Osborne will announce plans to leave his job Wednesday, according to multiple reports.
The news was first reported by ESPN.
The school has announced a press conference for noon ET to discuss “the future of Nebraska Athletics.”
It will be attended by Osborne and chancellor Harvey Perlman.
Osborne, 75, has served in the position for the past five years after succeeding Steve Pederson on an interim basis and then taking the full-time job.
Osborne leaves a lasting legacy at Nebraska.
A member of the college football’s Hall of Fame, he compiled a 255-49-3 record as the school’s football coach from 1973-1997 and won three national championships.
Following his retirement, he turned to poltics. Osborne served in the U.S. House of Representatives for six years and then run an unsuccessful campaign for Nebraska governor in 2006.
Osborne returned to run the school’s athletics department the following year and three years later was part of the Nebraska’s decision to leave the Big 12 in 2010 and join the Big Ten.
The move almost triggered the downfall of the Big 12. The league survived when Oklahoma and Texas remained.
Nebraska is now in its second season in its new home.