With the impending end of an outstanding career as coach and administrator at the University of Nebraska, several events have been planned as a tribute to Tom Osborne, who will retire from his current position as Athletic Director on Jan. 1, 2013.
Osborne’s five-year stint as a successful administrator follows a stellar career as Nebraska’s head football coach when his teams won 255 games, 13 conference championships and three national titles in 25 years. Saturday’s final home game against Minnesota, which kicks off at 2:42 p.m., will be Tom Osborne’s 500th in his career.
Tom Osborne has had several opportunities to be honored with the Walter Camp Football Foundation’s “Distinguished American” Award, and Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, seemed as good a time as any to accept the accolade. He will, after all, be retired from his Nebraska athletic director duties for all of 11 days when he accepts the award in conjunction with the 2012 Walter Camp All-America Banquet at the Yale University Commons in New Haven, Conn.
Tom Osborne is the gold standard for college football coaches and, in my opinion, he’s become an equally compelling role model for Division I athletic directors, even if he is less than a month from his 5-year anniversary as Nebraska’s AD.
Osborne announced his retirement Wednesday, effective Jan. 1, 2013.