Originally written on The B1g Time  |  Last updated 10/22/14
Tom Osborne - that name is about as synonymous as any with a university in the country. He was the head football coach at Nebraska for 25 years and has been the Athletic Director at Nebraska for the past 5 years, but today his active roll in Husker athletics has come to an end as he announced his retirement, effective January 1st, 2013. "At some point, whether you're able to function or not, the perception that you are getting old can get in the way," said Osborne at the press conference announcing his retirement. "It has been a pleasure and an honor to work in the Athletic Department for the past five years," said Osborne in a statement released by the department. "I hope that there have been some good things that have been accomplished during that time. I appreciate Chancellor Perlman giving me this opportunity. I've had the privilege of working with some outstanding people in the athletic department and have confidence that they trajectory of the athletic department is very good." He does plan to stick around for about six months or so to assist in the transition and help in recruiting as well and will take on the role of Athletics Director Emeritus moving forward. Osborne wanted to make sure there was plenty of time for the University Chancellor to make his choice for new athletic director and according to Perlman he was given notice of this decision two months ago. According to Osborne health was not an issue and not a reason to make this decision. "I probably feel better now than when I was in congress," quipped Osborne, having a little bit of fun with the situation. Tom's legacy as an athletic director nearly equals what he accomplished on the field of play as he's been so influential in the direction of the program over the past five years, it's something University of Nebraska Chancellor Harvey Perlman mentioned in his statement about Osborne at the press conference. "It's been a real privilege to work with Tom over the past five years," said Perlman. "He's done a lot for this university and the athletic department. The move to the Big Ten could not have happened without Tom's support." "He has made facilities stronger and has expanded the department's role in assisting students through the student life center. He has been instrumental in incorporating research facilities into the athletics complex that build on the department's reputation for innovation. "The university and the state of Nebraska are in his debt for the many contributions he has made to both over the course of his career." Perhaps one of the biggest things Osborne will leave behind in his legacy is the fact that he was able to step in 5 years ago and unify a fan base that was becoming fractured. "(I) would like to thank the fans, what we've accomplished here can't be done without a dedicated and unified fan base." Also speaking on his legacy, Perlman acknowledged that the fans and university may not realize just how lucky they've had it with Osborne and his respected status nationally. "I think we probably don't recognize in Nebraska just how respected he is nationally. We should respect his nearly 40 years at Nebraska and respect the reasons for making this decision." As for the search for a new AD?  Chancellor Perlman does not intend to hold an open and public search for hiring the new Athletic Director. That search is already underway with the help of a search consultant. That consultant hired that newest AD at Michigan as well as helping in the hiring in the new Big 12 commissioner this past summer.  According to Perlman about 12-15 individuals have been asked to be part of the decision making process from across the spectrum from former players, current athletes and coaches. Interviews have already begun and more could be coming, but they will be taking their time to get the right person in place. Chancellor Perlman has wisely learned his lesson from the 2007 fiasco that led to having to reach out to Osborne to begin with. We'll have much more on Osborne's legacy and his meaning to the program later today.

Memorabilia dealer at center of Todd Gurley scandal fired

Colt McCoy on learning he was starting ‘it’s about f—ing time’

Four Questions for Game 3 of the World Series

Percy Harvin not planning on changing

Ricky Williams: People are let down when I turn down weed

Joe Maddon opts out of contract with Rays


Randall Cobb: Contract situation played role in slow start

Notre Dame WR faces discipline if he hooked up with porn star?

PGA president calls Ian Poulter ‘lil girl’ for Nick Faldo comments

Belichick declines to address Revis' reported tardiness

Texas mayor delays Halloween for Friday night football game

C-USA hired PR firm to help Marshall’s playoff chances

WATCH: American flag rips during Game 3 national anthem

WATCH: Tony Parker draws foul by simply yelling 'hey'

Video: Tom Izzo takes the stage with KISS on Midnight Madness

Eight NFL records that won’t be broken for a long time

Big trouble for Bruins: Chara out 4-6 weeks, possibly more

Blazers, Seahawks owner Paul Allen gives $100M to fight ebola

'FIFA 15' glitch turns goalie into headless giant with no arms

WATCH: HBO releases trailer of 'The Offseason: Kevin Durant'

Broncos corner snags INT, then takes pregnant wife to hospital

Gurley dressed up as a pirate for Halloween, yelled, 'Free me'

What the return of Luis Suarez means for Barcelona

Nick Saban pens touching letter after high school coach dies

Cornhuskers News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!


Trouble for Bruins: Chara out 4-6 weeks

Joe Maddon opts out of contract with Rays

NBA Replay Center debuts next week

World Series win = Giants dynasty?

Reliving the worst college football game of the last 10 years

NFL teams facing must-win scenarios in Week 8

What the return of Luis Suarez means for Barcelona

Programs with a lot on the line this week

Wilson denies rumored Harvin rift

Lakers: Steve Nash out for season

Is Mack Brown SMU's best option?

Are sports leagues finally getting serious about domestic violence?

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.