Posted By: KLKN Newsroom
At a news conference, NU Athletic Director Tom Osborne announced his retirement effective January 1st.
The 75-year-old Osborne announced his decision Wednesday at a news conference. He says ``the perception'' that you're getting old ``can get in the way.'' Osborne says he doesn't want to be a distraction.
Osborne was one of the most successful football coaches in history. Every one of his 25 teams won at least nine games, and three of his last four teams won national championships. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1998, the year after he retired.
After serving in Congress and losing a gubernatorial bid, he returned to the university in 2007 to take over the athletic department and oversee the rebuilding of the football program and shepherd the school's move from the Big 12 to the Big Ten.
The 75-year-old Osborne says a search for his replacement will get underway. Osborne retired as Nebraska's head football coach in 1998 and returned in 2007 as the 13th athletic director at the University of Nebraska.
On Jan. 1, Osborne will become athletic director emeritus. He will continue to be involved in Athletic Department operations through July, 2013. "It's been a real privilege to work with Tom over the last five years," UNL Chancellor Harvey Perlman said at the Wednesday morning news conference. Perlman says a national search consultant has already been hired to assist in the search for the new athletic director. He says he has already begun interviewing candidates for the position.
The University of Nebraska released this bio about Osborne:
Channel 8 Eyewitness News will have more from the news conference and reaction tonight at 5, 6 & 10.