After dedicating the past five years of his life to turning Nebraska around, the school’s athletic director, Tom Osborne, is stepping down from his post.
"It has been a pleasure and an honor to work in the Athletic Department for the past five years," Osborne said (via USA Today).
"I hope that there have been some good things that have been accomplished during that time. I appreciate Chancellor (Harvey) Perlman giving me this opportunity. I've had the privilege of working with some outstanding people in the athletic department and have confidence that the trajectory of the athletic department is very good."
Osborne, 75, will officially call it quits on Jan. 1 of next year. However, he does pledge to stick around for a few more months after that to make sure the transition goes smoothly.
"I don't want to be one of those guys that everybody is walking around wringing their hands and trying to figure out 'What are we going to do with him?'"
According to USA Today, Nebraska hopes to bring in Osborne’s replacement “reasonably soon.” Make of that what you will.
Earlier this year, the Nebraska football team was pegged as one that could make some noise; unfortunately, an early loss to the UCLA Bruins instantly took the Cornhuskers out of contention for the National Title. Given how relatively weak the Big Ten is, though, they could definitely still challenge within the conference.
Sending Osborne out on that sort of high note is probably the best-case scenario Nebraska fans can hope for at this point.
(Kudos USA Today)