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Published December 31, 2012
END OF AN ERA: In Omaha, Tom Shatel conducted a Q&A with outgoing Nebraska AD Tom Osborne, who will retire on Tuesday. Osborne, on what college football could be like in five and 10 years, said, “I suspect that we're going to see four or five 16-team conferences, that are major schools. There will be some type of modified playoff system. We may stay with a four-team format for a while, but there will always be pressure to go beyond that.” He added, “I am concerned about the amounts of money involved. There are various federal laws that allow you to regulate a lot of things, such as salaries, and we do see professional teams with salary caps. We may see something like that at some level.” Osborne: “But the thing that continues to be disturbing to me is when you look at all of the money that has been generated and you still have resistance to providing a $2,000 stipend to the people who are really drawing the crowds. I don't believe in players trying to be salaried, but I think something like the cost-of-attendance stipend is reasonable and shouldn't be tied to family income or need-based” (OMAHA WORLD-HERALD, 12/30).