As head football coach of the Nebraska Cornhuskers, Tom Osborne dealt with many issues involving players and none may be more prominent than those of Lawrence Phillips. Phillips is now the primary suspect in the death of his cellmate Damion Soward, a 37-year-old who was serving 82 years to life for first-degree murder.
Phillips is serving 31 years in prison in California for attacking his girlfriend and driving his car into three teens. The alleged killing took place on Saturday morning.
At the University of Nebraska, Phillips was suspended for allegedly dragging his ex-girlfriend by her hair down a flight of stairs. He was, reinstated by the team before the end of the season. Nebraska went on to win a national championship.
Even through all of Phillips troubles, the legendary Huskers coach Osborne has kept in contact with Phillips/
Osborne had believed that Phillips was in a good place.
Even though Osborne attempted to help Phillips, early in life struggles laid a foundation that he could not get past.
After leaving Nebraska, Osborne believes that Phillips did not receive the proper attention to stay out of trouble.