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Tom Osborne Tribute

Nebraska fans across the country and around the world have expressed confidence in Osborne’s experience, his understanding of Nebraska and his desire to elevate the program back among the nation’s elite. Here's to you Tom, thank you for your years of dedication and service!

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    A Hall of Fame football coach returned to his roots on Oct. 16, 2007, to become the 13th athletic director at the University of Nebraska. Tom Osborne accepted the position at the time because, Osborne said, "Harvey Perlman asked me."
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    All photos provided by Getty Images. Bio information provided by Huskers.com
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    Perlman, UNL’s chancellor, asked Osborne to lead the program where he had served so productively as head football coach. ic director until at least July of 2010.
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    Two months later, on Dec. 20, 2007, he announced that the word "interim" had been removed from Osborne’s title, and he would remain athlet
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    Devaney put Osborne in charge of the offense that won two national titles and allowed him to concentrate on three areas he thought were important – a strong academic program for student-athletes, a strength and conditioning program and a more formalized program to attract walk-on players.
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    Each area has grown into an important asset for all 23 Nebraska sports programs, which Osborne now oversees. Within months of his appointment, Osborne quietly re-established an athletic department mission based on five core values – integrity, trust, respect, teamwork and loyalty.
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    "I’ve spent the majority of my life working with the athletic department at the university and I want to do what I can at this point to continue in the pursuit of excellence that has been previously established," Osborne said.
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    Osborne was named Nebraska’s 25th head coach following the 1972 season and worked the sideline for 25 years, the longest tenure in school history.
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    Under Osborne’s direction, the program achieved remarkable success, exceeding any in its rich history. The Cornhuskers mounted a 255-49-3 record under Osborne, good for a winning percentage of .836.
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    The 255 victories are the sixth-most all-time among major college football coaches while the winning percentage ranks fifth all-time.
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    His achievements were so highly regarded that the National Football Foundation waived its three-year waiting period so that he could be inducted into its Hall of Fame in December of 1998. He is one of only four coaches in history to have the mandatory three-year waiting period waived.
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    Osborne guided the Huskers to back-to-back titles in 1994 and 1995, then capped his career by sharing the 1997 title with Michigan. Nebraska’s back-to-back national titles in 1994-95 made Osborne the first coach to accomplish that feat since Bear Bryant led Alabama to titles in 1978-79.
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    Under Osborne, NU became just the second school all time and the first since Oklahoma in 1955-56 to post back-to-back perfect national championship seasons.
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    He accumulated more football Academic All-Americans in his 25 years as coach than any other football program in the nation has produced in its history, as Notre Dame has produced the second-most football academic All-Americans all-time, totaling 50 selections dating back to 1952.
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