Tom Osborne

Thomas William Osborne (born February 23, 1937) is a former American football player, coach, college athletics administrator, and politician from Nebraska. He served as head football coach of the Nebraska Cornhuskers for 25 years, from 1973 to 1997. Osborne was one of the most successful coaches in American college football history, with a career record of 255–49–3 (.836), 13 conference championships, and three national championships. Inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 1999, Osborne was elected to Congress in 2000 from Nebraska's third district as a Republican. He served three terms (2001–2007), returned to the University of Nebraska as athletic director (AD) in 2007, and retired in January 2013.

Tom Osborne
Tom Osborne US Congress portrait
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Nebraska's 3rd district
In office
January 3, 2001 – January 3, 2007
Preceded byBill Barrett
Succeeded byAdrian Smith
Personal details
BornFebruary 23, 1937 (age 82)
Hastings, Nebraska, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Nancy Osborne
ResidenceLemoyne, Nebraska (while in office)
Lincoln, Nebraska (c. 1964-2000, 2007-present)
OccupationFootball coach
Coaching career
Playing career
1959San Francisco 49ers
1960–1961Washington Redskins
Position(s)Quarterback, Wide Receiver
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1964–1968Nebraska (Assistant)
1969–1972Nebraska (OC)
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1979–1998Nebraska (Asst. AD)
Head coaching record
Overall255–49–3 (.836)
Bowls12–13 (.480)
Accomplishments and honors
3 National (1994, 1995, 1997)
12 Big Eight (1975, 1978, 1981–84, 1988, 1991–95)
1 Big 12 (1997)
2 Big 12 North Division (1996, 1997)
Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year (1978)
ESPN Coach of the Decade (1999)
National Coach of the Year (1994)
Jim Thorpe Lifetime Achievement Award
Big 8 Coach of Year (1975, 1976, 1980, 1988, 1992–94)
Big 12 Coach of the Year (1996)
Nebraska's College Athlete of the Year (1958, 1959)
Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame (1994)
Nebraska's High School Athlete of the Year (1955)
College Football Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1999 (profile)
Alma materHastings College (BA)
University of Nebraska–Lincoln (MA, PhD)
Scientific career
FieldsEducational psychology
ThesisThe Effects of Instructions on Situational Anxiety Level and Examination Performance. (1965)
Doctoral advisorsWarren R. Bailer
G. Robert Ross

Early life

Born and raised in Hastings, a town in rural central Nebraska, Osborne was a star athlete at Hastings High School in football and basketball, and won the state discus throw in track. As a senior in 1955, he was awarded the Nebraska High School Athlete of The Year by the Omaha World Herald.[1] He then stayed in town to attend Hastings College, the same college his father and grandfather had attended. During his time at Hastings College, Osborne played football and basketball.[1] Additionally, Osborne was the 1958 recipient of the Emil S. Liston Award which was given annually to the most outstanding NAIA junior basketball player who displayed high athletic and scholastic achievement. He graduated with a B.A. in history in 1959, and was awarded the Nebraska College Athlete of the Year. Osborne was selected in the 1959 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers, but was released, and then played two seasons for the Washington Redskins.[2]

Osborne earned a M.A. in educational psychology from Nebraska in 1963 and a doctorate in educational psychology there in 1965. He also served in the Nebraska Army National Guard from 1960 to 1966.[3]

Playing career

Osborne attended Hastings College, where his grandfather, class of 1901, and father, class of 1930, graduated. He was in the class of 1959, quarterbacked the football team and became the first male athlete in Nebraska to win both the high school (1955) and college (1959) athlete of the year awards by the Omaha World Herald. Osborne played three years of pro football as a wide receiver for Washington and San Francisco.

San Francisco 49ers

Osborne was selected in the 1959 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers, in the nineteenth round (222nd overall). He was eventually released from the 49ers without playing in a regular season game.

Washington Redskins

The Washington Redskins picked up Osborne in 1960 and he made his NFL debut on November 6 against the St. Louis Cardinals. He had one reception for 8 yards, but the Redskins lost 44–6. In Osborne’s second career game, against the Cleveland Browns on December 4, he racked up 36 yards on 6 receptions, but Washington lost 27–16.

Osborne saw more playing time in 1961 and started in twelve games. His best was arguably on December 3 against the Cardinals, when he racked up 75 yard on 2 receptions for 37.5 yards a reception. Osborne never made the playoffs as a player, as the Redskins did not advance to the postseason until 1971.

Coaching career

Tom Osborne (1965)
Osborne, c. 1965

In 1964, Osborne joined the Cornhusker coaching staff as an unpaid offensive assistant to head coach Bob Devaney; his only compensation was being able to dine at the athletic training table. After two disappointing 6–4 seasons in 1967 and 1968, Devaney named Osborne as offensive coordinator for the 1969 season. Osborne immediately overhauled the offense, switching to a balanced attack operated from the I formation. The revamped offense sparked the 1970 Cornhuskers to the national title. The Huskers defeated LSU 17–12 in the Orange Bowl on New Year's Night and finished first in the post-bowl AP Poll, but third in the final UPI Coaches Poll. Through the 1973 season, the final UPI coaches poll was released before the bowls, making it a "regular season" title. The UPI awarded its title to Texas, which lost to Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl. Second-ranked Ohio State also lost, to Stanford in the Rose Bowl. Nebraska was 13–0 in 1971 and a consensus national champion, defeating the next three teams in the final AP Poll: Oklahoma, Colorado, and Alabama.

Devaney announced he would step down as head coach at age 57 after the 1972 season to concentrate on his duties as athletic director, and named Osborne as his successor. Devaney's final game was a convincing win over Notre Dame in the Orange Bowl, Nebraska's third straight Orange Bowl victory. Osborne, age 35, took over as head coach for 1973 for 25 seasons, through the 1997, serving for most of that time as his own offensive coordinator.

Head coach at Nebraska

In his quarter-century as head coach, Osborne was a model of consistency. His teams never won fewer than nine games in a season, only finished worse than third in conference or division play once, finished in the top 15 of the final AP poll 24 years out of 25 (having finished 24th in 1990), and were ranked in every single weekly AP poll barring one week in 1977 and two in 1981. Osborne's teams won outright national championships in 1994 and 1995, and a share of another in 1997. Osborne's Huskers also won or shared 12 Big Eight Conference titles and one Big 12 Conference title. His 255–49–3 record gave him the best winning percentage (83.6%) among active NCAA Division I-A coaches at the time of his retirement and the fifth-best of all time. As of 2006, only Joe Paterno of Penn State has reached 200 victories in fewer games. But Osborne, who went on an NCAA record 60–3 run over his final five seasons, won 250 games faster than any coach in Division I-A history. Osborne finished his coaching career with a bowl record of 12–13.

Osborne's teams were known for their powerful rushing attack and strong defense (also known as the Blackshirts—referring to the black jerseys that are worn in practice by the defensive starters and certain selected special teams players). Nebraska led the nation in rushing several times in the 1980s and 1990s, due to the efforts of men like Jarvis Redwine, Heisman Trophy winner Mike Rozier, Calvin Jones, Ahman Green and Lawrence Phillips. After struggling to defend Oklahoma's wishbone option in the 1970s, Osborne switched from a balanced attack to a run-based option offense in 1980 in order to utilize the versatility of dual-threat quarterbacks, such as Jeff Quinn, Turner Gill, Tommie Frazier, and Scott Frost.

Entering the Orange Bowl, the 1983 Cornhuskers were 12–0 and ranked #1 in the country for the entire season. Nebraska scored a late touchdown against the fifth-ranked Miami Hurricanes to narrow the score to 31–30. Rather than attempt an extra point to tie, Osborne opted to attempt the two-point conversion and go for the win. However, Gill's pass attempt was tipped away in the end zone, giving hometown Miami the victory and the national championship.

In 1993, the Huskers again narrowly lost a national championship. Having gone into the Orange Bowl as a 17-point underdog to Florida State, Nebraska fought back from a 15–7 deficit to take a 16–15 lead with less than two minutes remaining in the Orange Bowl. After Florida State drove to retake the lead 18–16, Nebraska managed to hit a quick downfield pass in order to get one last field goal attempt as time ran out, which sailed wide. It was the last bowl game Osborne ever lost. The next year, Osborne earned his first title as head coach, defeating Miami in the Orange Bowl. The Huskers initially trailed, then rallied to win 24–17. The next year, the Huskers roared through the 1995 regular season, stayed atop the rankings for all but one week, and crushed the Florida Gators, 62–24, in the Fiesta Bowl, earning Osborne his second national championship. The 1995 team was voted as the greatest college football team of all time in an ESPN poll.[4] Osborne announced his retirement as head coach late in the 1997 season, selecting Frank Solich, his longtime running backs coach, to succeed him. In his final five seasons, Osborne's record was a staggering 60–3 (.952), at the time the strongest finale to any coaching career in NCAA football history and still a major-college record, though since surpassed by Larry Kehres' record of 72–3 (.960) in his final five seasons at Division III Mount Union from 2008 to 2012. His final game as head coach came in the 1998 Orange Bowl with a 42–17 victory for the national championship over Tennessee, also the final NCAA game for Tennessee quarterback Peyton Manning.


Osborne was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1999, and in 2000, he received the Jim Thorpe Lifetime Achievement Award. In 1999, ESPN honored Osborne as the coach of the decade for the 1990s.[5] In a 2007 online ESPN poll, Osborne was voted the "greatest college football coach of all time".[6]

In 1998, Nebraska renamed the playing surface at Memorial Stadium "Tom Osborne Field" in Osborne's honor. The stadium had almost doubled in size during his three decades on the coaching staff, reflecting Nebraska's increased national prominence in that time.

In 2013, the NAIA Football National Championship trophy was named the Tom Osborne Trophy in his honor.[7]

Coaching tree

Assistant coaches under Tom Osborne who became NCAA head coaches:

It is worth noting that, while it may seem that few coaches from Osborne's staff became head coaches elsewhere, part of the success of the Nebraska Cornhusker football program under Coach Osborne was the consistency of the coaching staff. Assistant coaches within the Nebraska program stayed, often times despite having offers for head coaching positions at other schools. George Darlington (30 seasons), Milt Tenopir (29 seasons),[8] and Charles McBride (23 seasons)[9] are three examples of coaches who stayed at Nebraska under Osborne, despite having opportunities to go elsewhere to be head coaches. Darlington was the first assistant coach in Division I-A history to be involved in 300 wins at one school.[10]

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Nebraska Cornhuskers (Big Eight Conference) (1973–1995)ci
1973 Nebraska 9–2–1 4–2–1 T–2nd W Cotton 11T 7
1974 Nebraska 9–3 5–2 T–2nd W Sugar 9 8
1975 Nebraska 10–2 6–1 T–1st L Fiesta 9 9
1976 Nebraska 9–3–1 4–3 T–4th W Astro-Bluebonnet 7 9
1977 Nebraska 9–3 5–2 T–2nd W Liberty 10 12
1978 Nebraska 9–3 6–1 T–1st L Orange 8 8
1979 Nebraska 10–2 6–1 2nd L Cotton 7 9
1980 Nebraska 10–2 6–1 2nd W Sun 7 7
1981 Nebraska 9–3 7–0 1st L Orange 9 11
1982 Nebraska 12–1 7–0 1st W Orange 3 3
1983 Nebraska 12–1 7–0 1st L Orange 2 2
1984 Nebraska 10–2 6–1 T–1st W Sugar 3 4
1985 Nebraska 9–3 6–1 2nd L Fiesta 10 11
1986 Nebraska 10–2 5–2 3rd W Sugar 4 5
1987 Nebraska 10–2 6–1 2nd L Fiesta 6 6
1988 Nebraska 11–2 7–0 1st L Orange 10 10
1989 Nebraska 10–2 6–1 2nd L Fiesta 12 11
1990 Nebraska 9–3 5–2 3rd L Florida Citrus 17T 24
1991 Nebraska 9–2–1 6–0–1 T–1st L Orange 16 15
1992 Nebraska 9–3 6–1 1st L Orange 14 14
1993 Nebraska 11–1 7–0 1st L Orange 3 3
1994 Nebraska 13–0 7–0 1st W Orange 1 1
1995 Nebraska 12–0 7–0 1st W Fiesta 1 1
Nebraska Cornhuskers (Big 12 Conference) (1996–1997)
1996 Nebraska 11–2 8–0 1st (North) W Orange 6 6
1997 Nebraska 13–0 8–0 1st (North) W Orange 1 2
Nebraska: 255–49–3 160–23–2
Total: 255–49–3
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth


Athletic director career

From 1979 to 1998, Osborne was assistant athletic director at Nebraska, first under Bob Devaney then under Bill Byrne.[14]

Osborne and the 1997 national championship team were the guests of honor at the Huskers' 2007 Homecoming game on October 13. Just two days after the resulting 45–14 loss to Oklahoma State – Nebraska's worst home loss since being shut out 31–0 by Missouri on November 1, 1958 – athletic director Steve Pederson was fired. On October 16, 2007, Osborne was announced as the interim athletic director, following Pederson's departure.[15] On November 24, 2007, Osborne fired head coach Bill Callahan following a 5–7 season. Osborne appointed himself interim head coach so that he could perform recruiting duties while remaining in compliance with NCAA rules.[16] He served as interim head coach for almost a week until naming Bo Pelini as head coach on December 2. In 2010, Osborne ended Nebraska's long-standing relationship with the Big 12 Conference and accepted an invitation for Nebraska to become the twelfth member of the Big Ten Conference.

On December 19, Nebraska removed the interim tag from Osborne's title and announced he would remain as athletic director through June 30, 2010. Osborne was paid $250,000 per year and managed Nebraska's 23-sport program.[17] Osborne later agreed to continue as athletic director after 2010, with his position to be reviewed annually.[18] On September 26, 2012, Osborne announced his retirement as athletic director, effective January 1, 2013.[19] Osborne officially resigned on January 2, 2013, after returning to Lincoln with the Huskers football team following their participation in the Capital One Bowl.[20]

Political career

House of Representatives

Early in 2000, Osborne announced that he would run in Nebraska's 3rd District as a Republican. He had grown up in Hastings, one of the larger cities in the sprawling district, and claimed a home in Lemoyne, near Ogallala, as his district residence. However, he hadn't lived regularly in what is now the 3rd since at least 1964; for most of that time he'd lived in Lincoln, the heart of the 1st District. Nonetheless, due to his wide popularity in the state, he easily won the Republican primary, which was tantamount to election in what has long been one of the most Republican districts in the nation. He breezed to victory in November with 83 percent of the vote. He was reelected with no major-party opposition in 2002 and against an underfunded Democrat in 2004.

In Congress, Osborne's voting record was moderate to conservative. He garnered a lifetime rating of 83 from the American Conservative Union.

At one point, Osborne teamed up with Nebraska State Senator Ernie Chambers, normally his political adversary, to oppose efforts to expand gambling in Nebraska.[21]

2006 governor's race

In 2006, Osborne ran for Governor of Nebraska, challenging Governor Dave Heineman and Omaha businessman Dave Nabity in the Republican primary.

Osborne was initially thought to be the favorite in the race, given his tremendous popularity in the state. However, Heineman took 49 percent of the more than 197,000 votes cast while Osborne took 45 percent.[22]

The Lincoln Journal Star analyzed the race:

While Osborne captured populous Omaha and Lincoln, Heineman sealed his victory in rural counties and key population centers in western and central Nebraska’s critical Republican battleground ... it was the political impact of two gubernatorial vetoes that appeared to lift [Heineman] into a late surge, especially in Osborne’s congressional district.

Heineman’s opposition to Class I rural school reorganization and the granting of resident college tuition rates to the children of illegal immigrants cut into Osborne’s support. Osborne declined to sign referendum petitions seeking voter repeal of the rural school legislation and said he would have signed the resident tuition bill." [1]

See also


  1. ^ a b - Tom Osborne - Omaha World Herald
  2. ^ Archived February 17, 2010, at the Wayback Machine - Tom Osborne - pro statistics
  3. ^ "Veterans in the US House of Representatives 109th Congress" (PDF). Navy League. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 26, 2007. Retrieved December 9, 2006.
  4. ^ Archived October 21, 2007, at the Wayback Machine sportsnation
  5. ^ ESPN honors Osborne as 'coach of the decade'
  6. ^ Greatest College Football Coach of All Time Archived December 23, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
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  11. ^ "1970s Nebraska football schedules -- HuskerMax™". Retrieved February 21, 2017.
  12. ^ "1980s Nebraska football schedules -- HuskerMax™". Retrieved February 21, 2017.
  13. ^ "1990s Nebraska football schedules -- HuskerMax™". Retrieved February 21, 2017.
  14. ^ "Tom Osborne's profile". Nebraska Cornhuskers. 1997. Archived from the original on October 8, 1999. Retrieved February 26, 2015.
  15. ^ "Osborne named interim athletic director". Lincoln Journal Star. October 16, 2007. Retrieved October 16, 2007.
  16. ^ "Recruiting Tool: Osborne Names Himself Interim Coach". Washington Post. Retrieved August 31, 2018.
  17. ^ Associated Press (December 19, 2007). "'Interim' label dropped as Osborne agrees to lead department into 2010". ESPN. Retrieved December 19, 2007.
  18. ^ Associated Press (June 10, 2009). "Osborne to stay after contract expires". ESPN. Retrieved February 9, 2012.
  19. ^ "Nebraska AD Osborne going to retire in January". Retrieved February 21, 2017.
  20. ^ "Eichorst's Feet Firmly Planted as He Begins to Take Over for a Legend". Retrieved February 21, 2017.
  21. ^ "" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on March 17, 2006. Retrieved May 24, 2006.
  22. ^ The New York Times - politics - Nebraska

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Bill Barrett
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Nebraska's 3rd congressional district

Succeeded by
Adrian Smith
1973 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team

The 1973 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team represented the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in the 1973 NCAA Division I football season. The team was coached by Tom Osborne and played their home games in Memorial Stadium in Lincoln.

1978 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team

The 1978 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team represented the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in the 1978 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team was coached by Tom Osborne and played their home games in Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska.

1982 Nebraska vs. Penn State football game

The 1982 Nebraska vs. Penn State football game was an NCAA college football game held on September 25, 1982, during the 1982 NCAA Division I-A football season at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania, between the then-#2 Nebraska Cornhuskers (coached by Tom Osborne) and then-#8 Penn State Nittany Lions (coached by Joe Paterno).

1988 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team

The 1988 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team represented the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in the 1988 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team was coached by Tom Osborne and played their home games in Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska.

1989 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team

The 1989 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team represented the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in the 1989 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team was coached by Tom Osborne and played their home games in Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska.

1990 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team

The 1990 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team represented the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in the 1990 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team was coached by Tom Osborne and played their home games in Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska.

1994 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team

The 1994 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team represented the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in the 1994 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team was coached by Tom Osborne and played their home games in Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska. The Cornhuskers offense scored 459 points while the defense allowed 162 points.

1997 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team

The 1997 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team represented the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in the 1997 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team was coached by Tom Osborne and played their home games in Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska.

2006 Nebraska gubernatorial election

The 2006 Nebraska gubernatorial election was held on November 7, 2006; the primary election was held on May 9, 2006. Republican incumbent Dave Heineman was elected to a full term, defeating Democrat David Hahn.

2013 Capital One Bowl

The 2013 Capital One Bowl, the 67th edition of the game, was a post-season American college football bowl game, held on January 1, 2013 at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida as part of the 2012–13 NCAA Bowl season.

The game, which was broadcast at 1:00 p.m. EST on ABC, featured the #7 (BCS) Georgia Bulldogs from the Southeastern Conference versus the #16 (BCS) Nebraska Cornhuskers from the Big Ten Conference.

Entering the game both teams suffered a loss at their respective conference championship games. The Georgia Bulldogs, winners of the SEC Eastern Division, were ranked #3 in the BCS going into the game. They lost to #2 Alabama 32–28. Meanwhile, the Nebraska Cornhuskers, winners of the Big Ten Legends Division, were ranked #12 going into the game. They lost to unranked Wisconsin 70–31.

Prior to this bowl, Nebraska had played Georgia just once in football. During the 1969 Sun Bowl, the 9–2 Nebraska Cornhuskers defeated the 5–5–1 Georgia Bulldogs by a score of 45–6. This season was of note in that it featured 31-year-old Tom Osborne in his first year as an offensive coordinator for Nebraska.

Kansas State–Nebraska football rivalry

The Kansas State–Nebraska football rivalry was an American college football rivalry between the Kansas State Wildcats and Nebraska Cornhuskers as members of the same conference. The rivalry dissolved when Nebraska left the Big 12 Conference for the Big Ten Conference.

The rivalry was a border rivalry, and was a long non-interrupted rivalry with 89 straight games from 1922 to 2010. With only 135 miles separating the two schools, Nebraska and Kansas State were the closest cross-border rivals in the Big 8 and Big 12 conferences. The 1939 contest between the two teams was televised in Manhattan, and it was only the second ever televised college football game. The 1992 contest was played in Tokyo, Japan, as the Coca-Cola Classic. The series is unusual for the fact that over the 100 years of this rivalry, there were 28 shut-out victories. Throughout the career of Nebraska coach Tom Osborne, Nebraska was undefeated by Kansas State. The rivalry began to heat up, however, when the Big 12 Conference was established in 1996 and Nebraska and Kansas State were both placed in the North Division, meaning that both schools were regularly in contention for the Big 12 North Division title. The last game between the two schools was played on October 7, 2010. There has been talk of scheduling non-conference games between the two teams to renew the rivalry.

List of Nebraska Cornhuskers head football coaches

The Nebraska Cornhuskers football program is a college football team that represents the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in the West Division of the Big Ten Conference in the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The team has had 31 head coaches since organized football began in 1890. The university adopted the nickname Cornhuskers in 1900. Prior to that, the team was also known as the Old Gold Knights, Antelopes, Rattlesnake Boys and Bugeaters. The Cornhuskers have played 1,219 games during their 120 seasons. In those seasons, seven coaches have led the Cornhuskers to postseason bowl games: Biff Jones, Bill Glassford, Bob Devaney, Tom Osborne, Frank Solich, Bill Callahan, and Bo Pelini. Twelve coaches have won conference championships with the Cornhuskers: Frank Crawford, Charles Thomas, Robbie Robinson, W. C. Cole, Ewald O. Stiehm, E. J. Stewart, Fred Dawson, Ernest Bearg, Dana X. Bible, Jones, Devaney, Osborne, and Frank Solich

Osborne is the all-time leader in games coached (307), years coached (25) and wins (255). Williams and Langdon Frothingham are tied with the highest winning percentage. Williams won his only game as head coach and Frothingham won his two games. Among coaches with at least a full season of coaching, Stiehm's winning percentage of .913 is the highest. Adolph J. Lewandowski and A. Edwin Branch each have a winning percentage of .250, the lowest of all Nebraska coaches. Of the 31 Cornhusker coaches, six have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame: Robinson, Fielding H. Yost, Bible, Jones, Devaney, and Osborne. Bo Pelini, hired in December 2007, was fired at the end of the 2014 regular season.On December 4, 2014 Oregon State coach Mike Riley was announced as the next head coach of the Nebraska football program. Riley was relieved of his duties on November 25, 2017 following Nebraska's worst season of football in 56 years with a 4-8 year. Riley was 19-19 overall (12-14 Big Ten) in his three years. On December 2, 2017 UCF coach Scott Frost was named the head coach of the Nebraska football program. Frost was a quarterback on the 1997 National Championship Nebraska football team.

Nebraska's 3rd congressional district

Nebraska's 3rd congressional district seat encompasses the western three-fourths of the state; it is one of the largest non-at-large Congressional districts in the country, covering nearly 65,000 square miles (170,000 km2), two time zones and 68.5 counties. It includes Grand Island, Kearney, Hastings, North Platte, Alliance, and Scottsbluff. Additionally, it encompasses a large majority of the Platte River(s).

Nebraska has had at least three congressional districts since 1883. The district's current configuration dates from 1963, when Nebraska lost a seat as a result of the 1960 United States Census. At that time, most of the old 3rd and 4th districts were merged to form the new 3rd District.

The district is one of the most Republican districts in the nation. Democrats have only come close to winning this district three times as currently drawn, in 1974, 1990, and 2006, all years where the incumbent was not running for reelection. Republican presidential and gubernatorial candidates routinely carry the district with margins of 40 percent or more, while Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1936 was the last Democratic presidential candidate to win a plurality within the current district boundaries. Excepting historically Democratic Saline County on the district’s eastern boundary and Dakota County which has only been within this district since 2013, the last Democrat to carry any county within the district at a presidential level was Jimmy Carter in 1976. Although Nebraska's state legislature is elected on a nonpartisan basis, all but two state senators representing significant portions of the district are known to be Republicans. With a Cook PVI of R+27, it is the most Republican Congressional District in the country outside the South.

It is currently held by Republican Adrian Smith. The previous congressman, Tom Osborne, did not seek reelection in order to wage an unsuccessful campaign for the Republican nomination for governor of Nebraska.

Nebraska Cornhuskers football

The Nebraska Cornhuskers football team represents the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Among the 128 Division I-FBS teams, Nebraska is one of ten football programs to win 800 or more games. Nebraska has more victories against Power Five opponents than any other program, as well as the fifth most victories all-time, behind only Michigan, Ohio State, Texas, and Alabama. Two of Nebraska's national championship-winning teams, the 1971 and 1995 teams, are listed by many as the best college football teams of all time.Nebraska claims 46 conference championships and five national championships: 1970, 1971, 1994, 1995, and 1997. The titles in the 1990s marked the first time that a team won three national championships in four seasons since Notre Dame in 1946–49, and one of only three instances a team has won back-to-back consensus national titles. Nebraska has won nine other national championships that the school does not claim. They are the only school with five or more national championships to not have a loss in any of their title seasons.

Nebraska has had five undefeated seasons in which they were not national champions: 1902, 1903, 1913, 1914, and 1915. Between 1912 and 1916, the Cornhuskers played 34 consecutive games without suffering a loss.Famous Cornhuskers include Heisman Trophy winners Johnny Rodgers, Mike Rozier, and Eric Crouch. Rodgers was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame and was voted the Nebraska "Player of the Century" in 1999. Rozier, who holds the all-time NCAA record for yards per carry, was likewise inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2006. Other Cornhusker players and coaches who are Hall of Famers include: Forrest Behm, Bob Brown, Guy Chamberlin, Sam Francis, Tommie Frazier, Rich Glover, Wayne Meylan, Bobby Reynolds, Dave Rimington, George Sauer, Will Shields, Clarence Swanson, Ed Weir, Grant Wistrom, and coaches Gomer Jones, Pete Elliott, Francis Schmidt, Dana X. Bible, Bob Devaney, Biff Jones, Tom Osborne, Eddie N. Robinson and Fielding H. Yost.Since June 11, 2010 the University of Nebraska has been a member of the Big Ten Conference, previously affiliated with the Big 12. They are grouped in the Big Ten West Division, along with Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Northwestern, Purdue, and Wisconsin.

Nebraska–Texas football rivalry

The Nebraska–Texas football rivalry was an American college football rivalry between the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Texas Longhorns. The rivalry dissolved when Nebraska left the Big 12 Conference for the Big Ten Conference. Due to Colorado, Missouri, Nebraska, and Texas A&M leaving the conference, the Big 12 Championship Game dissolved due to a lack of teams in the conference. The last ever Big 12 Championship game was played between Nebraska and Oklahoma in 2010.

The rivalry is known for the tension between the two programs. Almost every game between the two could have gone either way, with Texas stealing many of the victories in heartbreaking fashion. In the 1996 Big 12 Championship game, Nebraska had a four-point lead over Texas until Wane McGarity scored a touchdown for Texas, followed by a late touchdown by Priest Holmes to allow Texas to win, 37–27.The 2009 Big 12 Championship Game between Texas and Nebraska ended controversially as the officiating crew added one second to the clock, allowing Texas to score the winning field goal over Nebraska.Although most Nebraska fans disagreed with the call, former Nebraska coach Tom Osborne stated that Texas "won the game fair and square", and that he was at the game in the press box and felt confused when it first had happened.

Perry Trimper

Perry Trimper is a Canadian politician, who was elected to the Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly in the 2015 provincial election. He represents the electoral district of Lake Melville as a member of the Liberal Party. Following the election, he was appointed to the Executive Council of Newfoundland and Labrador as Minister of Environment and Conservation. He was dropped from cabinet on July 31, 2017, but was subsequently proposed by Dwight Ball as a candidate for Speaker of the House of Assembly replacing Tom Osborne. Trimper was elected speaker in a special August sitting of the House defeating fellow Liberal Pam Parsons. He is the province's first Speaker from a Labrador district.

Rick Berns

Richard Rickey Berns (born February 5, 1956) is a former American football running back in the National Football League. He was selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the third round of the 1979 NFL Draft and later played for the Los Angeles Raiders. In his final season in 1983, the Raiders won Super Bowl XVIII.

Born at Kadena Air Force Base in Japan, he played high school football in Texas at Wichita Falls and college football at Nebraska under head coach Tom Osborne.After football, Berns returned to Texas and worked in construction management in San Antonio.

Tom Osborne (Canadian politician)

Tom Osborne (born 1964), is a politician in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. He represents the district of Waterford Valley in the Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly. He is a member of the Liberal Party, a former member of the Progressive Conservative Party, and a former Minister in Danny Williams' first cabinet. He is currently Minister of Finance in the Ball government.

Osborne is currently the province's longest consecutively-serving MHA having been in the House of Assembly since 1996.

Waterford Valley

For the Mount Pearl based district with the same name that existed from 1996 to 2007, see Mount Pearl NorthWaterford Valley is a provincial electoral district in Newfoundland and Labrador, which is represented by one member in the Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly. It was contested for the first time in the 2015 provincial election.

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Nebraska's delegation(s) to the 107th–109th United States Congress (ordered by seniority)
107th Senate: C. HagelB. Nelson House: D. BereuterL. Terry • T. Osborne
108th Senate: C. HagelB. Nelson House: D. BereuterL. Terry • T. Osborne
109th Senate: C. HagelB. Nelson House: L. Terry • T. Osborne • J. Fortenberry

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