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29 Aug 1998: Louisiana Tech Bulldogs head coach Gary Crowton (C) looks on during the Eddie Robinson Classic against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Tom Osborne Field in Lincoln, Nebraska. The Cornhuskers defeated the Bulldogs 56-27. Mandatory Credit: Brian B
Tom Osborne, who put together one of the most successful coaching runs in college football history before serving in Congress and taking the reins as athletic director five years ago, is retiring. The 75-year-old Osborne announced his decision Wednesday at a news conference and said he will retire on Jan. 1, sticking around for several months as needed. ''At some point, whether you're able to function or not, the perception that you're getting old can get in the way,'' Osborne said. ''I don't want to be one of those guys everybody is walking around wringing their hands about, what are they going to do with him. That happens sometimes.'' Osborne had double-bypass heart surgery in 1985. Asked about his health, Osborne said: ''I'm probably healthier today than when I was a member of Congress. That takes a big toll on you. I have no issues.'' Basketball coach Tim Miles tweeted the news in advance, saying Osborne leaves ''an unreal legacy'' at Nebraska. Besides the success his Cornh...
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