Tag Archives: Tom Osborne

NU-Southern Miss to be played in Lincoln next year

Forget Hattiesburg, Miss., and New Orleans, and Kansas City. Nebraska and Southern Miss will play each other in Lincoln again next year.

The two schools agreed to amend their three-game contract, moving the Sept. 7, 2013, game to Memorial Stadium.

It was originally set to be played at Southern Miss’ home venue. Then the Superdome was considered. Then Arrowhead Stadium. (The USM athletic department is actively searching ways to balance its budget. Deadspin has more on that).

Now, it’s Lincoln. Again. Nebraska beat the Golden Eagles 49-20 at home to begin this season. The two teams will finish their series at Memorial Stadium in 2015.

The statement from athletic director Tom Osborne: “There were discussions about moving this game to a neutral site, but …

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First quarter: Nebraska 10, Minnesota 0

An uncharacteristically fast start has Nebraska in good position early here at Memorial Stadium. The Huskers scored on their first two possessions, moving the football without much resistance.

It was hard to predict what kind of first-quarter showing you’d get from NU after senior day festivities and a memorable pregame scene.

In case you haven’t heard …

It’s Tom Osborne’s last home football game as a Nebraska employee. So fans in the East Stadium bleachers honored the legendary coach and current athletic director by spelling out “Thanks TO” in a card stunt. After the tunnel walk video recognized Osborne’s achievements, the Memorial Stadium big screen revealed this image: Osborne standing next to Bo Pelini outside the NU locker room. Together, Osborne and Pelini led the

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Tom Osborne issues second statement on new AD Shawn Eichorst

After his absence Thursday at UNL chancellor Harvey Perlman’s press conference to announce Shawn Eichorst as the new athletic director — which was followed by a one-sentence statement just after the presser ended — current NU athletic director Tom Osborne issued a second statement on Eichorst’s hiring — and Osborne’s small-to-non-existent role in Perlman’s process.

“My primary remaining job as athletic director is to facilitate a smooth transition in the athletic department, and I will do everything I can to see to it that this occurs.  I was never under the impression that the hiring of a new athletic director would be my decision.  It is important that Nebraskans give Shawn Eichorst every opportunity to have a successful tenure as the next athletic director at …

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Unbeatable: World-Herald’s new book about Tom Osborne

Back-to-back national titles in 1994 and 1995. Three championships in four years. A five-year record of 60-3. As the Huskers’ coach in the 1990s, Tom Osborne enjoyed the best career-finishing run in college football history.

These were nearly unbeatable teams, and for Nebraska’s fans, unbeatable times.

But beyond names, games, scores and statistics, the story of these Husker teams is a human one, played out by genuine, flawed and exceptional people. They were bound together by devotion to each other and an undying love for their coach.

This is the story of the greatest era of Nebraska football.

Preorder your hardbound copy of Unbeatable today.

The book will be available for delivery in November.

Other World-Herald sports books:
>> Shatel: Tom’s take on 20

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First quarter: Wisconsin 14, Nebraska 3

Just a disastrous start for the Huskers, who appear to be settling down now that they’re staring at a double-digit deficit.

Or maybe not. We’ll see.

Nebraska’s offense fumbled the football three times in its first six snaps. Sloppy, sloppy, sloppy. Those are the kinds of mistakes the Huskers can’t afford.

The first fumble came on a quarterback-center exchange, the first snap of the game. The second was the sure-handed Rex Burkhead, who appeared to bump into offensive guard Spencer Long, losing control of the football — that led to the Badgers’ second score. The third was on a zone read option exchange, but the football took a fortuitous bounce back in Taylor Martinez’s arms.

When they weren’t, the Huskers struggled to find their rhythm, …

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Nebraska-Wisconsin pregame reset

It’s been a busy week in Lincoln, so we’ll do our best to recap the storylines heading into Saturday night’s showdown between the Huskers and Badgers. We’re about 20 minutes away.

The gameday page is here. You’ll find links to stories, videos and an online chat. Enjoy.

1. The banged up B’s (Ball and Burkhead) — Could have been a Heisman eliminator bout. But injuries have already knocked both Montee Ball (concussion) and Rex Burkhead (knee) out of the conversation for that coveted trophy (at least for now). Still, who puts on the better show? NFL scouts will certainly be tuning in to find out. … Along those lines, establishing a consistent rushing attack is a key for both offenses Saturday.

2. Is it all

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Mad Chatter, Sept. 28

It’s Friday! That means Ten Big stories in 10 little bites. We’re loaded with stories and insights. We hit the Nebraska Phillies and replacement refs, the lure of the Ryder Cup and the problem with fantasy football, Casey Sayles and Tim Miles, Big Ten struggles and SEC challengers.

And we cover the day Tom Osborne got dissed in an airport.

But let’s start with Memories of Madison. Husker players and coaches have fielded all sorts of questions this week about the 2011 Wisconsin game. Some, like Bo Pelini, have no interest reminiscing. Receiver Kenny Bell is more open. I asked Bell what one image or feeling from that night stuck with him.

He remembers walking off the field, head down, his long hair hanging …

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Practice report, Sept. 27: Pelini says senior LBs ready to go

As Nebraska’s attempted to slow down spread offenses for four weeks, the snaps have been limited for senior linebackers Alonzo Whaley and Sean Fisher. But both are expected to get more looks against Wisconsin this weekend.

And the two veterans have responded well to their increased roles, according to Pelini.

“They’ll be ready to go,” Pelini said.

But Pelini said it’s not just about Whaley and Fisher, who’ll start at the two outside linebacker spots in Nebraska’s base 4-3 defense. “Everybody’s got to execute at a high level,” Pelini said.

More notes from Pelini Thursday…

>> Safety P.J. Smith and defensive tackle Thad Randle, who have both missed some practice time this week, are healthy enough to play Saturday, Pelini said. … Defensive tackle Chase …

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Bo Pelini, Barry Alvarez on Osborne’s retirement

Nebraska football coach Bo Pelini on the retirement of the man who hired him, Tom Osborne:

“It has been a great privilege to work under Coach Osborne. Obviously, he trusted me to lead the football program here at Nebraska and he has been a valuable resource for me and our entire coaching staff the past five years. His leadership and vision has pushed our football program and our entire athletic department forward in many areas. To me personally, he has been a great leader, mentor and friend.

“With everything he has done for this athletic department, University and the state of Nebraska, you don’t replace a man like Tom Osborne. But, I have complete confidence in Chancellor Perlman and the leadership of the University that …

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Pelini: Nebraska spring game off for Sunday, too

If there was a door open to play Nebraska’s spring game on Sunday after it got canceled Saturday, coach Bo Pelini closed it in a brief meeting with reporters.

“When we finally met with the team, there’s a lot of issues with playing tomorrow, when you talk about family issues. I had a show of hands of people who had a problem with tomorrow, and you’re talking group projects, academic things — you’ve got an (academic) banquet tomorrow night — logistical issues with their family. In the end, it’s not going to work.”

Earlier in the afternoon, athletic director Tom Osborne told fans on HuskerVision that the game may be rescheduled for Sunday afternoon if the weather was good. Butch Hug, associate athletic director for …

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