SBJ/October 24-30, 2011/People and Pop Culture

Tom Osborne, AD, University of Nebraska

Tom Osborne Athletic director, University of Nebraska
ALL PHOTOS BY SCOTT BRUHN / NEBRASKA MEDIA RELATIONS OFFICE

When visiting Lincoln, Neb., to pay a call on Tom Osborne, it’s not hard to remember which building to look for.

Osborne, the University of Nebraska’s athletic director, has his office on the third floor of the Tom and Nancy Osborne Athletic Complex, at the north end of Memorial Stadium. It looks out over the practice fields for the football program that he coached for 25 years.

Osborne’s office, where the color scheme stays loyal to Nebraska’s red, features photos and mementos from his Hall of Fame coaching career and his time as AD, which began in 2007. Among the Cornhusker treasures, there’s also a hint of Capitol Hill, reflecting Osborne’s three terms in Congress as a U.S. representative.

1. Osborne is an avid fisherman. 2. Photos include shots from his D.C. days, with former Speaker Dennis Hastert and President George W. Bush. 3. Baseball and volleyball venues. 4. Commemorative box from ‘07 volleyball team. 5. Osborne and wife Nancy visited legendary coach John Wooden in January 2010. 6. Miniature version of the 1997 national championship trophy. 7. Osborne holds his nameplate from the voting board at the U.S. House of Representatives.


Coins minted 1995-2008 mark games, awards, accomplishments.
 
When players from the Nebraska-Oklahoma 1971 “Game of the Century” reunited, they signed special helmets like this with Nebraska on one side and Oklahoma on the other.
Conference table and TV at one end of Osborne’s office. Walls and chairs are all done in Nebraska’s red Left: Football coach Bo Pelini (left) and Osborne cut the ribbon on football letter-winners wall. Right: Nameplate on desk lists core values of the athletic department. Left: Bowling ball signed by the school’s 2009 national championship bowling team. Right: Osborne was on the football coaching staff in 1962, when Nebraska’s current sellout streak began.
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