So Tom Osborne says he hasn’t offered the Nebraska men’s basketball coaching job to anyone.
I believe that he believes that.
What I don’t just believe but instead know is there are a thousand shades of gray over the meaning of the term “job offer.”
Schools trying to hire coaches often ask a candidate what consideration he would give to a certain length of contract at a certain salary. The candidate interprets that as an offer. The employer — because of the nuanced phrasing — can deny rightfully that an official “offer” was made.
That doesn’t make anybody a liar or poor business person. It offers wiggle room for certain sides to save face. It’s all part of the art of negotiation, which we will report about until the Huskers find their new man.