Nebraska athletics director Tom Osborne announced his plans to step down from the job he has held for the past five years. Osborne took the position on an interim basis, succeeding Steve Pederson. Osborne eventually took the job full-time.
Osborne will step down on Jan. 1 and stay with the program for about six months to help with the transition, but continue to support with recruiting. He will also help oversee the completion of stadium expansion and other projects during the transition period.
The 75 year old Osborne said age was the primary decision to leave the job., saying “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?,” Osborne said.
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Osborne is a member of the college football’s Hall of Fame. He was 255-49-3 as NU’s football coach from 1973-1997 and won three national championships. He served in the U.S. House of Representatives for six years and also ran for Nebraska governor in 2006.
Chancellor Harvey Perlman says a search is already underway for a successor and Perlman hopes that he will have a replacement soon. Perlman said he was notified in August by Osborne of his intentions. Perlman will work with Jed Hughes, of Cornferry International, a search committee firm that will help in the hiring process. Hughes oversaw the recent hiring of the new Big 12 Commissioner and Michigan Athletic Director.