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   from the issue of October 18, 2007

Chancellor names Osborne interim AD


Chancellor Harvey Perlman announced Oct 16 that Tom Osborne has agreed to serve as UNL's athletic director on an interim basis.


Osborne vacated the head coaching post at Nebraska in 1997 after 30 years coaching football, including leading the Huskers to three national championships, 12 Big Eight titles and one Big 12 title. Osborne's teams recorded 17 top-10 finishes. He ended his head-coaching career with a record of 255-49-3.

Since Osborne left his post as Third district Congressman following a gubernatorial bid in 2006, he has been a senior lecturer in the College of Business Administration, teaching leadership and business ethics.

Osborne met with Perlman Oct. 16 to discuss the interim post. Osborne agreed to serve, on an open-ended arrangement, until Perlman finds a permanent athletic director.

Osborne assumes the role after Perlman asked Steve Pederson to resign from the position on Oct. 15. Pederson held the AD post since 2002.

Osborne said he looks forward to the challenge.

"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.

Osborne anticipated taking over the AD duties immediately. He also plans to finish the semester teaching his two classes.

Perlman said he is pleased that Osborne agreed to provide leadership and that the university will benefit from Osborne's vast experience.

"I am very pleased that Tom Osborne has agreed to help bring some leadership and direction to our Athletic program," Perlman said. "Tom is commited to making the entire program successful. He brings the right experience, an understanding of Nebraska, and our aspirations. I look forward to working with him."



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