It's a day of mixed emotions at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln. Sadness and warm memories as Tom Osborne – legendary Husker coach, NU athletic director, former Congressman and TeamMates Mentoring Program founder – steps away from Nebraska athletics.
Thursday is his last day in the office, and Osborne officially leaves the Huskers' athletic department on June 30. He retired on Jan. 2 as athletic director, but has been putting in nine-hour days in an athletic director emeritus role to help with the transition to Shawn Eichorst.
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“I've thought about it quite a bit and the main thing I want to focus on will be TeamMates, where we're currently approaching 7,000 matches across Nebraska and Iowa, and with a chapter in San Diego,” Osborne said earlier this year. “We'd like to increase that to 10,000 matches by 2015, so we have to do a lot of recruiting of mentors.”
Osborne departs as several university facility projects are nearing completion.
Nebraska will start hitting 90,000 in attendance for football games next season with the East Stadium expansion project at Memorial Stadium. The Husker volleyball team is moving into the renovated Devaney Center. And Pinnacle Bank Arena has already sold out of season tickets for its first season of men's basketball.
Not a bad way to go out for the Hall of Fame coach from Hastings, Neb., who guided Nebraska to a 255-49-3 record with three national championships in 25 seasons.
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