University of Nebraska Athletic Director Tom Osborne announced this morning he will retire effective January 1, 2013. The 75-year-old Osborne has spent the past five years leading the Husker Athletic Department. He retired as Nebraska's head football coach in 1998.
Osborne will continue to remain active with the athletic department through July. He said he will help as needed with the transition to a new athletic director.
"It has been a pleasure and an honor to work in the Athletic Department for the past five years," Osborne said. "I hope that there have been some good things that have been accomplished during that time."
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chancellor Harvey Perlman has already started a search for Osborne's replacement. He credited Osborne with moving the athletic program forward.
"The move into the Big Ten could not have happened without Tom's support," Perlman said. "He has made the 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."
Osborne will hold the title of athletic director emeritus starting January 1.