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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2012 volume 112, issue 029

nebraska athletic director tom osborne set to retire Jan. 1: losing a legend

Closingthe After nearly four decades with NU Athletics, director Tom Osborne announces retirement


Tom is like an idol...I don’t think anybody can replace him. We’re gonna get a new guy. We don’t know what to expect, but I hope he’s gonna be from Nebraska.”

nader ali

assistant manager of ali baba gyros

Well, I feel that Tom Osborne stepping down should be a reason that all flags on the UNL campus should be at half mast, because he was a great influence on UNL and we’re all going to miss him.”

austin filips

sophomore criminal justice major

I’m happy for him, I think, you know, he did his time … I know it’ll be difficult to find a replacement but I trust the search committee will find a good replacement. And I hope he enjoys his retirement.”

Darlene harris

registration assistant for unl

story by Andrew Ward photos by Anna Reed


om Osborne stood at the podium on the sixth floor press box in Memorial Stadium. Reporters watched. Cameras clicked. Nothing seemed different in Osborne’s manner. For Osborne though, things are changing.

After six years as an assistant football coach, 25 years as head football coach and five years as athletic director, Osborne is calling it quits with Nebraska Athletics on Jan. 1, 2013. Osborne, who got his start at Nebraska as a graduate assistant for then-football coach Bob Devaney in 1962, set the date for his retirement as Nebraska athletic director in an announcement Wednesday. “It has been a pleasure and honor to work in the athletic department for the past five years,” Osborne said. Osborne’s age forced him to retire, he said. At 75, the Hastings native feels his age may affect his ability as athletic director. This became even more apparent when he named Tim Miles as head basketball coach in March. “I think the third or fourth question Tim was asked was ‘What’s it like working for a 75-year-old AD?’” Osborne said. “Tim handled it pretty well, but that’s part of the deal. At some point, whether you are able to function or not, the perception of getting old can get in the way. “I don’t want to be one of those guys where people are wringing their hands wondering what they are going to do with him. That sometimes happens.”

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TOP: Nebraska Athletic Director Tom Osborne begins to close the elevator door Wednesday after a press conference where he announced he would retire his position on Jan. 1, 2013. ABOVE: UNL Chancellor Harvey Perlman addresses the media on Wednesday after Nebraska Athletic Director Tom Osborne announced he would retire effective Jan. 1, 2013. Perlman lauded Osborne’s 5-year tenure as athletic director.

T.O.’s Bio


om Osborne was born Feb. 23, 1937 in Hastings. He graduated from Hastings College but earned his master’s degree and doctorate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. From 1973 to 1997 Osborne served as Nebraska’s head football coach and won three national championships. After 25 seasons as head football coach, Osborne retired and was elected to U.S. Congress in 2000. He served from 2001 until 2007. In 2006, he unsuccessfully ran for the Republican nomination for governor of Nebraska. Osborne then returned to the University of Nebraska in October 2007 to become Nebraska’s 13th athletic director. He also served as a senior lecturer in UNL’s College of Business Administration in the spring and fall semesters of 2007. Osborne and his wife, Nancy, founded the TeamMates mentoring program more than 20 years ago. He and his wife have been married for about 50 years and have three grown children and four grandchildren. Osborne announced his retirement Wednesday.

More Coverage timeline: Osborne through the ages PAGE 16

reaction: Look toward future PAGE 15 Instant reactons to news PAGE 15

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commentary: Staff editorial PAGE 4 PETERS: farewell to T.O. PAGE 15

web: Extended timeline of Osborne’s life Video reactions from students


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unl homecoming 2012

2012 Homecoming Court Voter’s Guide Voting for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s 2012 Homecoming King and Queen begins today at 8 a.m. Students can cast their votes for the senior candidates on Polls will be open until 8 p.m. Royalty winners will be announced at halftime of Nebraska’s Homecoming football game against Wisconsin on Saturday.


Candidates for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s 2012 Homecoming Royalty


• Communications Studies • Bethel, Conn. • Government Liaison Chair for ASUN


• Business Management • Omaha • Philanthropy Chair for Beta Theta Pi


• Agribusiness • Farnam • President of the CASNR Student Advisory Board


• Natural Resource and Environmental Economics • Prairie Village, Kan. • Secretary of the Mortar Board


• Nutrition, Exercise, and Health Science • Fort Calhoun • President of the Honors Peer Mentor Leader program


• Nutrition, Exercise, and Health Sciences • São Paulo, Brazil • ASUN Speaker of the Senate

TYLER GRUTTEMEYER • Music Education • Omaha • A student director for Big Red Singers


• Agricultural Economics • Shickley • ASUN President & UNL Student Regent


• Economics • Lincoln • President of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity

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•Advertising and Public Relations •Lincoln



• Psychology • Grand Island • A captain of the Husker Cheer Squad

co-chair of the Bathtub Dogs


• Secondary Social Sciences Education • Omaha • Panhellenic director of sorority recruitment

BROOKE GROSSENBACHER • Food Science and Technology • Overland Park, Kan. • An ambassador for the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources


• Criminal Justice/Pre-law • Kansas City, Mo. • President of the Criminal Justice Student Association



• Agribusiness and Finance • Wisner • A co-chair of The Big Event

• Advertising and Public Relations • Humphrey • A student leader with Fellowship of Catholic University Students



• Civil Engineering • South Sioux City • President of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers


• Civil Engineering • Kearney • External Vice-President for ASUN

• Music Education • Lincoln • Drum Major of the Cornhusker Marching Band


• Hospitality, Restaurant & Tourism Management • Los Angeles, Calif. • A Life Skills assistant with Nebraska Athletics

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osborne: from 1 Osborne first mentioned retirement to University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chancellor Harvey Perlman in August, after deliberating all summer. No health issues led to his decision, he said. “There are people who you can admire from a distance and when you get up close and see all the warts and everything else,” Perlman said. “That’s not true with my experience with Tom.” Replacing Osborne will be tricky, Perlman said. The process has already begun. Osborne said he will help Perlman when he can as he plans to stay up to six months after he retires to help the transition process into a new athletic director. “There’s always a few things the new AD may not be aware of, so I’ll try to help the transition,” Osborne said. However, Osborne said the decision will be Perlman’s alone. Following the firing of former athletic director Steve Pederson, Perlman asked Osborne to be athletic director in October 2007. At first, he was only supposed to be the interim athletic director until a new one could be hired. However, that label was removed two months later when Osborne became the 13th athletic director at Nebraska, though he was only supposed to hold the position only until July 2010. By the time that deadline arrived, administration had found no candidate better than the College Football Hall of Fame coach, so Osborne remained. Osborne hired six coaches in his five-year tenure as athletic director, in-

cluding football coach Bo Pelini, baseball coach Darin Erstad and basketball coach Tim Miles. Along with Perlman in 2011, Osborne helped move Nebraska Athletics and UNL into the Big Ten Conference. He advocated the construction of three major facilities in the Nebraska athletic department: Pinnacle Bank Arena, East Memorial Stadium and renovations to the Bob Devaney Sport Center. Pinnacle Bank Arena will be the home of Husker basketball in 2013. East Memorial Stadium will increase the stadium’s capacity to nearly 92,000 and will also house academic and athletic research in the Center for Brain, Biology and Behavior. Devaney Center renovations are being made to accommodate the volleyball team when it moves in next year. In addition to those major projects, Osborne also oversaw the development of the Hendricks Training Complex, which opened in October 2011 and adjoined with the Devaney, and the Student Life Complex in West Memorial Stadium, which opened in 2009. Osborne said he worked hard to develop a culture with his hires and his emphasis on quality facilities. He tried to make Nebraska’s Athletic Department more welcoming to former players and fans. “I’d like to thank the fans, because whatever is accomplished here could not happen if we did not have a very loyal and unified fan base,” Osborne said. “It is probably pretty

‘Go Green’ searches for volunteers lis arneson dn Go Green for Big Red collected nearly 4,000 pounds of recycling at last year’s Homecoming game, but this year, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln student group has found itself without a single volunteer to match that number. Recycling co-coordinator Prabhakar Shrestha said in an email Tuesday that no volunteers had signed on for Saturday’s game against Wisconsin. “With homecoming this weekend and the night game, we’ll have probably more recycling this week than usual,” said Prabhakar Shrestha, cocoordinator for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s recycling program. Last year’s 4,000 pounds of recycling is equivalent to the collections from this season’s first three home games combined. The group has averaged about 25 volunteers per game, said Jeff Henson, the other coordinator for UNL Recycling. Henson said the volunteer shortage may be due to this week’s home game being the third in a row. “It’s sometimes hard to sustain momentum and enthusiasm, so we’re trying to find more interest,” Henson said. Volunteers meet at the Sheldon Museum of Art an hour and a half before the game. They then divide into small groups and distribute green bags at eight different tailgating areas. Volunteers collect the green bags left by tailgaters once the game has started. After four years of the recycling program, some tailgaters even seek out the green bags, Henson said. “The tailgaters, by and large, are

go green for big red • Go Green for Big Red has collected about 1,300 pounds of trash per game. • The effort has averaged 25 volunteers per game. • As of Tuesday, the group had no volunteers for Saturday’s game. very receptive and very appreciative of the service provided by our volunteers,” he said. If students wish to volunteer and still attend the game, Henson said they can simply leave early to make it for kickoff. “It’s still helpful to have them before to distribute the bags and interact with the tailgaters,” he said. Students interested in volunteering can visit UNL Recycling’s Facebook page or email recycling@unl. edu. “(Gameday recycling) shows the community that sustainability is important to UNL,” Henson said. “The fact that it is a volunteer effort of the students shows that it’s important to the student body to have a sustainable campus.” news@

Health Center board gains ASUN members Election legislation, reapproval of bills also discussed in weekly meeting conor dunn dn Two Association of Students of the University of Nebraska members will serve on the request for proposal (RFP) review board for the privatization of the University Health Center, according to ASUN representatives at the body’s Wednesday meeting. ASUN President Eric Kamler, senior agricultural economics major, and Electoral Commission Director L.J. McElravy, a human sciences graduate student, will serve on the board, according to Senate Speaker Natalia Santos. A senior nutrition and health sciences major, Santos said the University Health Center Student Advisory Board is trying to put one international student on the review board as well. The ASUN executives, Santos and Sen. Kalby Wehrbein, Committee for Fees Allocation chair and a senior mechanical systems management major, met with UNL Chancellor Harvey Perlman to discuss the privatization of the health center last Friday. “We came out of there feeling more relaxed about the issues,” Santos said. ASUN members also addressed nine pieces of legislation at the meeting. One of the new pieces of legislation was Senate Resolution 4, which

voices ASUN’s support for changes to student government election rules. In this resolution, ASUN suggests the Electoral Commission examine the definition of a campaign event, shorten the visible campaigning period from 11 weeks to 7 weeks before the election date and remove a campaigning candidate’s party name from the voting ballot. “I think a lot of the votes I didn’t earn,” said Sen. Mike Dunn, a senior communication studies major, in regard to the votes he received last election. Dunn said he thought many of the other senators didn’t earn their votes either. This could’ve been because students who voted in last year’s election simply clicked a candidate’s name based on the party he or she was aligned with, he said. Even though ASUN voiced its overall support for these changes with an 11-8 vote, the resolution won’t restrict the senators from voting for or against once the rules are brought to the senate by the Electoral Commission at a later date. In Government Bills 1 through 3, ASUN voiced its support for the federal government to extend the Stafford Loan interest rate of 3.4 percent, support of the adoption of Employee Plus One benefits by the NU Board of Regents and support of the Fairness Ordinance in the city of Lincoln, respectively. These bills, though passed by the senate last spring, did not go into effect because of an administrative error. The bills were reapproved. news@

hard to find one that would be equal. It enables a program in a state of 1.8 million people to be more competitive with more densely populated areas.” Perlman now has the task of replacing Osborne, whose tenure as athletic director was defined by change. The process of choosing a new AD will not be public, Perlman said. He has already sought help to fill the position. Perlman hired search consultant Jed Hughes from Korn/Ferry International to help him find a suitable Osborne replacement. Hughes helped hire Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby and Michigan Athletic Director Dave Brandon. Perlman has also gathered a group of 12 to 15 coaches, former players and donors as an adviser group. Osborne will play a role in advising the decision as well, Perlman said. A possible candidate from within Nebraska Athletics is current Associate Athletic Director Jamie Williams. However, Williams said he has not been asked to interview for the position yet. Filling the athletic director position will not be an easy task, according to Perlman. “Most importantly, I think (candidates) have to understand the rich tradition of this department and the culture of this department and what has made Nebraska Athletics so important to the state of Nebraska,” Perlman said. “They have to convince me they understand that and have to fit that model and will con-

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Nebraska Athletic Director Tom Osborne stands in silence on Wednesday just after he had announced his retirement effective Jan. 1, 2013. Osborne took the position in October 2007. tinue that culture.” Osborne can’t name one specific thing he is the most proud of as athletic director. But he said the development of culture was the No. 1 thing he did at Nebraska.

That culture, one built on personal character, is his legacy, he said. “I really like the people we have in place,” Osborne said. “Administratively, support staff and then coaching staff, I feel good

about them. Three or four years from now, a lot of great things will have happened and will continue to happen.” NEWS@

East rec showcases new home jordan huesers dn An open house at Fleming Fields Annex Building Wednesday night gave University of NebraskaLincoln staff, students and faculty a chance to see where they’ll be working out while they wait for the new East Recreation Center complex. The Fleming Fields Annex Building, or FFAB, located adjacent to East Campus, will house the temporary recreation facility starting Oct. 22 while the East Campus Activities Building undergoes renovations. The Activities Building will close Oct. 13. Christopher Dulak, assistant director for marketing and developing for Campus Recreation, said while searching for a temporary building, the goal was to find something on East Campus. However, Campus Facilities had nothing available. Administration then found the FFAB building which is located adjacent to both East Campus and the Flemings Fields Softball Complex and used for intramural sports. “We really want people to be excited and prepared,” he said. “Yes, it’s an inconvenience, moving everything, but it’s all in the name of progress.” During the week of Oct. 13 through 21, the Activities Building will close, and UNL Campus Recreation will relocate the strength training equipment and cardio workout machines to the FFAB building. That move will cost $5,000, according to Dulak. Dulak said along with relocation came three new treadmills and

The temporary recreation facility will include:

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Christopher Dulak, assistant director for marketing and development for Campus Recreation, shows third year law students Samantha Staley and Siobhan Duffy where various workout stations will be in the temporary East Campus recreation center, opening on Oct. 22. a new freedom trainer. Dulak also said FFAB allows all equipment to be located on the same level, which is beneficial to all users. Third-year law student Samantha Staley attended the open house event because she currently uses the Activities Building for workouts. “(My friends and I) wanted to check out the new space and know what we are getting ourselves into,” she said. “I am super excited because it will be air-conditioned.” The new East Recreation Center complex is predicted to be completed

in summer 2015. The renovation is a part of the “Yes 2 Better Rec Centers” referendum passed by UNL students in 2010. Dulak said the project is still in the design phase. The renovation includes interior demolition of the Activities Building but will save the exterior shell, adding on three new buildings along the east, west and south sides Dulak said. The Activities Building was constructed in 1926. East Campus Recreation Coordinator Sherri Tompkins said the building has many maintenance problems, including a lack of

• 6 treadmills • 6 elliptical machines • 8 bikes • 2 stair climbers • 14 strength machine/racks • Dumbbells and benches • Stretching mat area • Day-use lockers • Changing rooms • Restrooms

air-conditioning in the summer and steam leaks in the winter. “The condition of the building has deteriorated,” Tompkins said. “We were patching it up to keep it open.” Senior Assistant Director at Campus Rec Vicki Highstreet said the renovation of the Activities Building has been foreseen for a long time. “Maybe people who have stayed away from it because of its condition might come to it now,” she said. Campus Recreation will also host a second open house event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today in the FFAB. news@

Global scholars share stories Faculty, students discuss Fulbright program, study abroad kalee holland dn In the lobby of Hardin Hall on Wednesday, Fulbright scholars shared their international experiences with the public. Dubbed “International Day,” the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources coordinated the event to celebrate the university’s excursions and relationships overseas, including scholarly sabbaticals and student study abroad programs. The event was part of the on-going celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Morrill Act, which allowed for the creation of land-grant universities such as UNL. Almost a dozen flat-screen TVs dominated the modest space. Tea by the door, cookies, cream puffs, chips and salsa, a generous veggie platter and fruit held center stage by the front desk. The back corner held the meatballs and wings; three separate sauces for each. About 30 scholars and students milled about watching the slideshows on international travel play out on the numerous TV screens. One such scholar, School of Natural Resources Associate Director Larkin Powell, recounted his 2009 year-long adventure in Namibia. “Fulbright paid for the trip … my whole family came along,” Powell said. “The main reason for (the sabbatical) is to increase knowledge. I’m a wildlife biologist and ecologist, and I was mainly there to research the wildlife and how the people of Namibia use it in ecotourism.” While in Namibia, Powell and his family stayed in Windhoek, the arid capital that Powell described as being “like Denver.” Powell, his wife and his 11-year-old son lived in a house, complete with furnishings, a microwave, a stove and a washer and dryer. In keeping with the initiative of his sabbatical, Powell sought to learn more about the people in Na-

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Jill Brown, the director of external relations at the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, speaks at an international student and study abroad event held in Hardin Hall on East Campus on Wednesday. mibia and how they use the wildlife to their economical advantage. “It seems that the United States is shy about using the environment to boost the economy, like there’s a negative reaction to using the environment for business,” Powell said. “In Namibia, it’s the exact opposite. It’s their biggest advantage. For example, a good portion of white Namibian land owners have formed ‘conservances,’ which are organizations of a few landowners who all have land beside each other. They all come to agreements on hunting terms and splitting profits from their hunts. The indigenous people live on communal lands, much like the Native American reservations we have here. They offer their services to tourists, taking them out to hunting areas.” Powell took surveys of these two separate groups, learning how they used the land at their disposal.

From these surveys, he learned a bit more about ecotourism and possible different approaches to managing natural resources here in the U.S. Even while on sabbatical, Powell continued to teach to a classroom of students. “I taught classes on nature conservation at the Polytechnic of Namibia college, which is like a tech school for the area,” Powell said. “My wife volunteered at a preschool and elementary … and my son attended an international school.” Another scholarly globe-trotter was Marion Ellis, a professor of entomology. His sabbatical took him to Avignon, France. “My goal in France was to study a particular parasitic mite, the Varroa destructor, and how it affects honey bees.” Ellis said. “I was there for six months with my wife, Susan. While there, I learned that the adult bees were killing infected offspring.

Bees aren’t sentient - they have a brain that would fit on the head of a needle - so they weren’t thinking proactively. They were responding to stimuli in the mite’s feces.” While there, Ellis sought to also improve his French speakingabilities. “It’s alright, but it could be better,” he said of his French. IANR Associate Vice Chancellor Ron Yoder put in his two cents as well. “The vision of (studying abroad) is to be engaged,” Yoder said. “If you are a student, take advantage of this opportunity. I’ve never met someone who hasn’t come back from the abroad program excited.” He couldn’t seem to stress it enough. “Take advantage of this opportunity,” news@



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DN celebrates Tom Osborne’s UNL achievements If there really is no place like Nebraska, then Tom Osborne is the reason behind it. In 2007 Osborne came in as the University of NebraskaLincoln’s interim athletic director after the departure of Steve Pederson. The Huskers were part of the Big 12 Conference. The football program was struggling. Communication in the Nebraska Athletics Department was lacking. “That’s not exactly a time that I care to spend a lot of time reflecting on,” UNL chancellor Harvey Perlman said. “It was unfortunate, but I think we are all fortunate that Tom agreed to step up. There was considerable anxiety among the fans and supporters of Husker athletics. I think the last five years have demonstrated Tom’s ability to bring those constituents together.” From day one, Osborne made it his goal to make the athletics department a better place to work and to improve the attitudes of its employees. “The first day that I was on the job, it was 8 o’clock in the morning and I walked into a meeting with the executive team and we had maybe two or three mental health counselors who were talking to them about stress reduction,” Osborne said. “I thought ‘This is odd.’ So I wouldn’t say things were awful, but things were a little fragmented and some people quit and some were thinking about quitting. So it was kind of a difficult time, but people pulled together very quickly. Hopefully it’s worked out well. I feel, as I said earlier, that the culture of the department is solid right now.” Osborne has done just that. There is communication between fans and administrators. Just last week after Nebraska’s 73-7 victory against Idaho State, NU coach Bo Pelini could be seen talking to a family of Husker fans. But Osborne didn’t just bring intangible cultural aspects to the program. Osborne also made a big move for the Huskers in 2011. That was the year the Huskers moved from the Big 12 to the Big Ten. Nebraska is now in a more competitive conference academically and athletically. The Big Ten featured schools that were consistently ranked in the top-75 academic programs in the country. The conference can also boast more than 280 National Championships. The Big Ten Network also offered the nation’s first conference television channel, another cash cow for Nebraska. By putting the Huskers into a better conference, the old football coach has left his mark for all students. Nebraska is in a much better spot. Now that Osborne has delivered Nebraska from the dark times Perlman described, it’s time for him to take a bow. The students and faculty appreciate what he’s done for this institution and for the state of Nebraska. To see reactions from the people of Husker nation visit, a special page on our site that will be updated over the next coming months. Also featured on this page is a more detailed timeline of Osborne’s career than is in our print edition today. If you want to reflect on what coach Osborne has meant to you, send us submissions or let us know that you’d like to participate at the email Nebraska fans owe Osborne a lot. And we’re happy that he can finally relax, kick back, and watch the Huskers grow without him.

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Fall survival requires planning


ctober is almost here!?! What are we going to do about midterms?! A crisis is setting in among Univeristy of NebraskaLincoln students. How am I going to make it through these next few months of fall? Fall is a generic word. To Southern students, it means 90 degree weather. For Northern students, it means low 60s and jackets. In the Cornhusker State, we’re luckily balancing between heat wave and massive temperature drop. Besides temperatures, autumn spurs images of Husker football, tests and tough schedules. Though our schedules may be under control, there are always things we tend to overlook when we start to experience this reoccurring, seasonal lifestyle. Like always, there are a few students who always need a refresher, especially new and out-of-state students to the university. Fall is a fun time and it goes by quickly, I can assure you. There is a lot to remember. Here are a few tips I have noticed get overlooked by too many, if not all new UNL students. 1. Bring your sweatshirts and blue jeans to college. Right now, we are having nice weather for Nebraska. But it won’t stay like this forever, Southerners. How does this affect me? Though it may be really nice now, it will become colder. And when it rains, it pours here. So prepare the sweatpants and jacket, because it will come quickly. Don’t be the only one next week wearing shorts and a T-shirt; it’s not fun and you will look like a class-A fool. I dressed for summer nearly year-round last year. Because I believed this, I was cold. Every day. Foolishly, I believed shorts were all that was required of me to make it to class. WRONG. Students, save yourself and everyone else the trouble and use common sense when making judgment calls about the weather. Other students will be showing you little to no sympathy when you show up to class shivering once it really starts getting cold. 2. Have your medicine ready. Now look.

MARC MAREAN Because of your lack of weather prediction skills, you’re now sick. Recently, I have observed a few students, probably “out-ofstaters,” with the cold. But that’s not the only thing spreading across the university. Besides the beginning of a cold going around campus, already, numerous students have also expressed concern about their bad allergies. Preparing yourself and getting the appropriate medicine will make the all the difference when dealing with seasonal allergies and having an optimistic mood for the week. Notice, I said appropriate medicine. Believe it or not, Alcohol isn’t a medicine. I highly doubt it will make that headache go away. The remedy that really helps me, gratefully, is Naked Juice. I refused trying the juice at first. Honestly, I didn’t want to associate myself with the drink. Seriously? Naked Juice? But after seeing how well it worked during my roommate’s flu, I decided to give it a shot. It worked, and surprisingly, made the next day a lot more tolerable. It’s definitely a lot of help from an “embarrassing” drink. 3. Pull out the books. We have hit the one month mark, and quite frankly, UNL is starting to get tired of entertaining the freshmen. Though it’s fun seeing all your friends again and hanging out during the first few weeks,

this is the time where school starts getting a little bit harder. Classes now expect more from you and your professor ’s flexibility will slowly disappear. Papers start showing up, out of class assignments are becoming a normality, and Blackboard is the only thing you can get on in your spare time. Believe me, no one likes any of this, but to our demise, this is what everyone is going to have to push through in order for us to pass the semester. Though we are constantly distracted, we are all here, I hope, for the same reason. To learn and further our education. Of course, don’t be afraid to have fun and set your sights for the upcoming weekend if it helps you get through the week. Getting through fall and especially spring semester heavily relies on this balance of fun and school. Maintain a social life without it controlling your entire college experience. That’s how the dropout rate increases. 4. Don’t start cramming now. Oh crap, we have a test already?! For most of us, we have already started tests and they aren’t going to get any easier. Not only does the thought of last autumn bring back a nostalgic feeling of bad test grades, but it also reminds me of the long nights I had to spend to get a good grade on a test. Good grades are attainable! Though it’s a lot to focus on, autumn is still my favorite time of the year. Fall is a great season filled with wonderful memories of losing your voice at Husker games and great nights with quality people. But fall is a time for new and old students alike to re-evaluate and move forward with our education. We have adjusted to our individual schedules and now, it’s in our hands what we choose to do with this. Regardless, I wish you all the best of luck this semester and I hope to see you all at the Homecoming game. Marc Marean is a Sophomore Secondary Education Major. Follow him on Twitter @marcmarean and reach him at opinion@

Men will find freedom in feminism


et’s be honest here: When it comes to finding “Mr. Right,” most straight women aren’t looking for a millionaire or a guy who has the physique of god. We might kid ourselves into thinking we want “the bad boy,” but, really, we just want a guy who treats us like gold. However, I’ve come to the epiphany that there are double standards associated with that. I recently started going on dates with a guy. When he didn’t try to get into my pants on the first date – and didn’t even kiss me until the third – the main reaction I got from my (girl) friends was, “Are you sure he’s not gay?” Really, girls? You want a guy to treat you like a princess, but also have sex with you right away? Those things aren’t related. If a guy jumps into bed with you, he’s a jerk, but if he takes it slow, he’s gay? This is exactly why a lot of men appear to be assholes – at least until you get to know them. Not only do they have pressures from their male friends and society in general to look and act a certain way, but they’re also getting those same pressures from women. Men, think you aren’t a feminist? Think you don’t need to be? Think again. Feminism isn’t only about women; it’s also about men. I don’t know about you, but I get really sick of feeling like I need to live up to stereotypes. It’s exhausting and degrading. I don’t feel like I should have to be the “ideal” woman, just as I don’t think men should have to be the “ideal” man. So, men, this is how you can benefit from feminism, too. Men shouldn’t feel like they have to drink “non-girl” drinks every time they go out to the bars. You want a sex on the beach? Go for it. You want to have a diet soda? Order one! If you want to respect a girl and take it slow and not kiss her until the third date, you should be able to do that without anyone judging you or pushing his or her douchey societal standards on you. And those dumb standards – and double standards – are everywhere.

DANAE LENZ This summer, I had an internship in Arkansas copy editing for a newspaper. One night, my boss was being weird about something and when I asked her about it, she said she was going to send out an email. When I opened the message, it explained we were finally allowed to say a man was “raped.” Up until that point, we could only say “sodomized.” How ridiculous is that? That’s not equality at all. Men are just as oppressed, but I feel like that’s a conversation people are less willing to broach because we are still a patriarchal society. Maybe men feel less pressured to look a certain way – although I’m not entirely sure about that either – but they are still held to standards that just aren’t fair. When I talk about feminism, that’s just it. I’m talking about equality – all across the board. I’m not talking about man-hating or any other untrue feminist stereotype. It’s quite simple: We’re all humans. We should all be treated the same. That is feminism in its simplest, truest form. Most feminists differ in their opinions, but that’s one thing we can all agree on. With feminism, everyone is equal. It’s not out of line to say women should make as much money as men. It’s not out of line to say men should be able to drink a Diet Coke without feeling emasculated.

There’s a movement afoot called “Men’s Liberation.” In the 1960s and 1970s, Gloria Steinem was a major feminist activist and the spokeswoman for the women’s liberation movement, and she, too, talked about the importance of men’s liberation. In a 1970 article in the Washington Post titled “’Women’s Liberation’ Aims to Free Men, Too,” she says, “We want to liberate men from those inhuman roles as well. We want to share the work and responsibility, and to have men share equal responsibility for the children.” She goes on to say, “Because the truth is that none of us can be liberated if other groups are not.” Many years later, Katrin Bennhold of The New York Times says feminism is going a different way than it did when it first started – when women were still fighting for basic rights. “The feminism of the future is shaping up to be about pulling men into women’s universe – as involved dads, equal partners at home and ambassadors for gender equality from the cabinet office to the boardroom.” But it’s not only women saying these things. Michael Kimmel, author of “Guyland” and “The Guy’s Guide to Feminism,” says, “Feminism expects a man to be ethical, emotionally present, and accountable to his values in his actions with women – as well as with other men. Feminism loves men enough to expect them to act more honorably and actually believes them capable of doing so.” As women looking for life partners, we want a man who will be there for us just as we want to be there for a man. We want to feel loved and love. And we really want men to be a part of our world – every part of it. So, men, you know what to do: Join the feminist movement. Stop thinking of things in terms of being “girly” and being “masculine.” Do what you want, instead of what society tells you, too. Order a sex on the beach. Danae Lenz is a junior journalism major. Reach her at opinion@ dailynebraskan,com or on Twitter at @danaelenz.


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itting down to watch TV in 2012 may not mean what it did 30 years ago. There could be laptops, smartphones or iPads with you in the room, ready at a moment’s notice when the commercials arrive. With the advent of new entertainment mediums and technology available for entertainment or distraction, how can advertising agencies and their clients capture the attention of today’s viewers, who may want nothing more than to ‘skip’ advertisements entirely? “We’re in a business where 70 percent is consumer-driven,” said Amy Struthers, a professor of advertising and public relations at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and faculty founder of the Jacht Club, UNL’s student advertising agency. “Brands need a different kind of support. Their approach needs to be more targeted, interactive and above all engaging.” But in a consumer environment where individuals are exposed to thousands of advertisements each and every day, standing out or capturing the awareness of the consumer can be a difficult objective.



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Enter Old Spice’s ‘The Man Your Man Could Smell Like’ campaign. When it first went viral in 2010, the ads received 40 million video views on YouTube in a week, according to Adweek. More people watched the commercial online in 24 hours than Barack Obama’s broadcasted presidential victory speech. UNL advertising professor Phil Willet emphasized the dominance and success of Old Spice’s dynamic and multi-faceted ad campaign. “Their commercial ‘The Man Your Man Could Smell Like’ increased Old Spices sales as much as 106 percent,” Willet said. Willet, who advises the UNL National Student Advertising Competition team, ascribes the company’s success to the fact that its ads are simply more eye-catching than its competitors. “What Old Spice does so well is grab your attention,” he said. “That’s what an ad is supposed to do, grab

your attention. We’re exposed to so many ads everyday, they’ve found something that’s got our attention.” Other agencies have adopted this avant-garde style of advertising, as well. Dollar Shave Club is a mailorder razor blade service that will send customers a monthly supply of disposable razor blades starting at $1 a month. The company estimates its service will save members nearly $300 a year in shaving costs. It started on YouTube as a viral video, resembling the Old Spice spot.

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‘Nebraska’ to be filmed in state Film comes during City Council decision to lessen filming restrictions cameron mount dn Filming has yet to begin, but Alexander Payne’s upcoming film “Nebraska” is already generating buzz and excitement. The latest film from the twotime Academy Award-winning director of “The Descendants,” “Sideways,” “Election” and “About Schmidt” will be the fourth to shoot in his home state. The film follows a father (Bruce Dern) who convinces his estranged son (Will Forte) to drive him to from Montana to Lincoln to claim a Publisher’s Clearing House sweepstakes prize. Slated to begin filming in three weeks, the film is currently wrapping up pre-production in Norfolk. “We’re now putting it all together, hiring crew, looking for locations, budgeting and scheduling,” said George Parra, executive producer for “Nebraska,” who has worked as producer or assistant director on each of Payne’s films since “Election.” “There are still a few roles available, and we’re currently casting.” Parra characterizes “Nebraska” as a more personal film than Payne’s previous work. The movie will be shot in black and white and while it features a premier cast including Will Forte, Bob Odenkirk and Stacey Keach, it’s a smaller budget work than Payne’s last films. “It’s probably definitely a more personal film,” Parra said. “I did “Election” here with Alexander, and I did “About Schmidt.” This film is definitely less commercial; it’s more personal; it’s more artistic. It’s more of a touching story.” Filming in black-and-white may be the most noticeable change for Payne’s fans, though Parra said, for production purposes, this blackand-white comes with mostly the same considerations. “The tonality of it, the colors and the costumes, and the overall tone of it is a little bit different,” he said. “But other than that, not really.

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The University Program Council chose Gloriana as the main act for the 2012 homecoming concert. The country band will perform Thursday at 8 p.m. on East Campus.

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“Nebraska” is the fourth movie director Alexander Payne plans to shoot instate. Filming will begin in three weeks. It’ll feel the same because as we’re filming, we as filmmakers are looking at it through our eyes which of course, are seeing color.” The final pre-production considerations come just as Lincoln is looking to simplify its permit process for filmmakers. The proposed changes currently making their way through city council include eliminating the $5,000 bond requirement meant to protect Lincoln from property damage, replacing the general special-use permit with a $45 permit specific to film and condensing

the permit process from 14 pages to four. While the changes may make it more straightforward for Payne to film “Nebraska,” Nebraska Film Officer Laurie Richards said the changes were not brought on by Payne’s film specifically. “The conversation about making the state and or communities more film-friendly has always been out there,” Richards said. “The City of Lincoln has just taken it upon

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chris heady dn Thursday is only one of many upcoming homecoming events, but it might possibly be the biggest of them all. From the University Program Council (UPC), the same organization that brought you Jason Mraz, Kathy Griffin and Big Boi, a country treat is in store for you this year. Country Trio “Gloriana” will be hitting the stage in East Campus Thursday for the annual homecoming concert. The show will kick off about 8 p.m. with the Emmett Bower Band, a local country artist from around the Lincoln area. They will play

close to a 45-minute set, and after a 30-minute set change, Gloriana is expected to take the stage around 9:15. Admission is free for UNL students, faculty, staff and the public. The band, which currently has the No. 49 song on iTunes with “Kissed You (Goodnight),” said they are excited for the opportunity to play in a college town. “We love Nebraska,” said guitarist Tom Gossin. “I always loved this time of year in school; homecoming was always a good time.” According to UPC president Tim Kinoshita, the feedback for the band’s upcoming show has been nothing by positive. “In going to Big Red Welcome street fair and a lot of the other booths that we’ve had where we had that cardboard cut out standing out there, we’ve had a lot of people glancing into it seeing the poster and saying, ‘Oh, alright!’ or ‘Didn’t realize they were coming,’” Kinoshita said. “I haven’t heard any negative response.”

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Thursday, 8 p.m. where: East Campus how much: free Getting Gloriana to come wasn’t too much hassle. The band is currently on hiatus before hitting the road to tour for their new album, “A Thousand Miles Left Behind,” and was on top of a list of artists available, along with David Nail and Love & Theft. Around late May, UPC worked with a $15,000 budget and conflicting dates of other artists, and chose Gloriana as part of their partnership with an agent from Concert Ideas. “We’ve been playing at many colleges lately, and we love the college crowds,” Gossin said. “They’re always energetic.”

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nathan sindelar dn “Borderlands 2” revels in its own absurdity. From characters that love cuddles and murder, to deeply customizable gameplay, “Borderlands 2” stands out as an incredible jumble of genres and fun. For those who have never played the first title, “Borderlands” is a first-person shooter, action role-playing game, also a mouthful. This means players spend their time blasting lead and other projectiles at an assortment of nomads, psychos, midgets and monsters, all the while gaining experience and using it to build characters into whatever type of “Badass” he or she desires. Players can choose from four types of heroes. Each offers a distinct take on gunplay and can be developed with various skills to create more unique styles. I played the assassin, opting to spend points towards sniping and melee combat, but each class can be taken multiple directions. If players end up disliking the character they’ve built, a little in-game currency can be spent to reset their stats and re-attribute points into the preferred categories. Each class also features a single ability, exclusive to them. These powerful tools play off one another well in cooperative play. The multiplayer mode is another staple of the “Borderlands” series. Co-op can be played split-screen by two buddies on the couch, over a local area network or online, maxing out at four players. With a full group causing mass destruction together, the game becomes a masterpiece of colors, guns and explosions. Playing solo just never feels as enticing once a match with your buddies has been experienced. The gunplay itself is a marvel. Weapon recoil patterns, ammo types, projectile velocity and a

andrew larsen Annoyances pleasantly absent from home-viewing of Husker games You hate being around other humans. Your unreliable friends just cancelled their party. You’re lying prone in a hospital bed with an infectious disease. Whatever your excuse, at some point you may find yourself stuck watching a Nebraska football game by yourself. While this may sound like a traumatic experience to some, I’m here to help you through this tryfind there are some unexpected ing time. It’s a daunting task, but benefits to this endeavor. with my help and a little luck, you For one, there are no lines in too can overcome this obstacle. sight. You can use the facilities You must first step outside like you’re used to, in a toilet yourself and ask a few tough ques- rather than a trough. After all, tions that need serious answers: you aren’t an animal are you? “Am I ready for this? Should I You deserve only the finest porever talk about this in public? celain for your game experience. Do I have enough snacks?” Once After you’ve reyou’ve answered lieved yourself, these questions, you can gorge on You can use it’s time to move food and beveron to the setup. age to your heart’s the facilities You’ll need the content. Nobody h e r e t o f o r e - m e n - like you’re used to share with, tioned snacks, an to, in a toilet nobody to judge enormous televiyour meat sweats sion and copious rather than a and pit stains. amounts of beer. Perhaps most imtrough.” If you’re under 21, portantly, you are copious amounts in sole control of of soda or Mike’s the remote. You Hard Lemonade. The size of the are the master of your domain. TV is important because we all Finally the most annoying aspect know the more inches on your of every Husker Saturday, the TV, the fewer amounts of friends dastardly drunk, is gone. Around you need. The food is even more every downtown corner, alleyimportant because it can help fill way, bar, tailgate and Memorial the hole in your soul that is norStadium aisle you’re bombarded mally filled with companionship. with boozed-up fans that think Once you get past the initial it’s their birthright to scream, reservations and settle in, you’ll


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“Go big red,” at the top of their lungs. In the solace of your own home, the drunk is far, far away, where his slurred speech and acrid belches can’t hurt you. Take a second to mute the TV during the commercials. In 2012, silence is a rare treat. Admire it as it envelops you. The game itself takes a bit to get used to. While you would normally turn to your buddies to lament another errant throw from T-Magic or another timeout taken on defense, now you have to turn those thoughts inward. Usually you and your family (sometimes with the aid of alcohol) try to have a “who can cheer louder” contest each time Kenny

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allow the audience to visit a few different locations with the characters. Circles on the walls display artwork when Katurian is telling a story, which is a neat effect. Lighting enhanced the performance by dropping and brightening when there’s a mood-shift or a situation change. For all the great work around it, the plot of “The Pillowman” is its weakest point. The script throws a few twists in that don’t really go anywhere, especially toward the end, and the morbid stories lose their punch after the second or third is read. Also, shifts in characters happen too abruptly and, while the story seems to continually build, the climax swings and misses. For a three hour performance, it’s a bit frustrating to not get the release you’ve been waiting for. This a strong performance that displays the talent of UNL Theatrix. Even with a few missteps, it’s still easy to become lost in this story, however morbid it is. arts@

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Cross makes immediate impact Running back Imani Cross never stops smiling. The freshman comes to practice with a grin on his face and chuckles his way off the field after it. This kid just loves to play football. Cross has played in each of Nebraska’s first four games this season, but last weekend’s crushing of Idaho State opened the door to the most action of the running back’s young career. After the game, the grin on Cross’ face was a mile wide. All those carries had him excited. “My expectation coming in here wasn’t to look at playing time or anything like that,” he said. “With that opportunity, I thank God for it, and I continue to let the coaches make their adjustments. I just want to improve.” Cross took the ball 12 times and ran for an even 100 yards on Saturday, and he scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter to top his day off. It was the freshman’s first 100-yard rushing game, a big deal to the running back. “I tell you what, it’s a big deal for me, but it’s also a big deal for the offensive line,” he said. “They’re going to be happy with the way they worked.” Cross’ position coach, Ron Brown, said the back is creating a role for himself in the crowded Husker backfield. “He gives us something a little bit different,” Brown said. “Imani is the most distinctive of the backs. He is that big, physical back. Size-wise, he looks like a fullback but he runs like a big touch I-back.” With all-around backs Rex Burkhead and Ameer Abdullah taking the bulk of the carries, Cross’ size is his best chance to get on the field. Brown said he could be used in a goal line role for the Huskers this season. His skill set fits the position’s mold. “He’ll be a great goal line back

Montee Ball and James White are probably the best one-two punch at running back in the Big Ten. Nebraska is not exactly a juggernaut at stopping the run. They gave up more than 300 rushing yards to UCLA earlier this month. If the Huskers want to revenge last year ’s humiliation at the hands of the Badgers, they have to stop the Wisconsin rushing attack.


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Imani Cross avoids Idaho State defenders in Nebraska’s 73-7 win against Idaho State last weekend. Cross rushed for a career-high 105 yards and was the Big Ten’s freshman of the week. before it’s all done,” Brown said. “He can lower his shoulder and power his way over, and he can leap over the top. He’s got a lot of athletic ability.” Cross said he is cool with the goal line role. He is still learning the offense and wants to get on the field any way he can. “I felt like I was a little more comfortable seeing the whole picture this week,” he said. “I am more comfortable seeing holes when I get the football, but there is still more room for improvement.” To be the go-to guy on the goal line, Cross must be able to shed tacklers and even drag a few into the end zone. That’s something the big back is working to improve.

“It’s fun, and it’s something I can improve on as well,” he said. “There’s some plays where I get tackled and I’m think, ‘Man, I shouldn’t have gotten tackled on that play,’ and there’s some runs where I feel like I take advantage breaking tackles and trying to get more yards after contact.” Cross has a plan to improve his power game. “What you do is, in practice, you treat every situation like it is a game situation,” he said. “I’m going to try to run physically in practice, improve my stamina, improve the way I work in the weight room. Those things all play a factor in how aggressively you run the football.”

Brown has already seen Cross take major steps in the right direction. The coach said it is rare for a true freshman to come in and play meaningful snaps right away like Cross has done, but he is up to the task. “Imani Cross is a mature young man,” Brown said. “This is an 18-yearold kid who seems to be beyond his years. He looks older than he is, and he seems to act older than what he is.” Cross loves his situation. After Wednesday’s practice, of course, he was smiling again. “I’m just blessed to be in this position,” he said. “I don’t find anything down about it.” sports@

Fisher fights for Nebraska football Chris Peters DN Sean Fisher has been at Nebraska a long time. After five years in scarlet and cream, with the possibility of a sixth still on the horizon, the senior linebacker is back on the outside looking in. A broken leg in 2010 forced him to miss the entire season. The previous year, Fisher started six games as a redshirt freshman, but in 2011, his first year back, he started only four games. This season, through four games, Fisher has yet to record a start. “Sean has been a battler since I’ve known him,” said defensive coordinator John Papuchis. “Last year he probably wasn’t 100 percent back. It limited him a year ago, but he keeps working, he keeps fighting and he’s progressing. I think when he’s gotten opportunities, he’s done some good things.” In the first four games, Nebraska faced spread offenses, calling for nickel and dime packages, often forcing the Huskers to use only one or two linebackers. Fisher was the odd man out. This week, Wisconsin heads into Lincoln, bringing along a groundand-pound attack. The only reliable way to stop it is with a three-linebacker set. “A team like this gives linebackers specifically an opportunity to really get their heads in there and make some plays,” Fisher said. “This year, I haven’t had a chance to be in an every series type of thing, so I’m just looking forward from the standpoint that I’ll get to be in there a whole lot more than I have been.” To this point, Fisher has been in and out of games – mostly sitting on the sideline waiting. “It’s hard when you go in for one

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Sean Fisher smiles during the Arkansas State game. Fisher is on track for medical school with a 4.0 GPA while playing for NU. play and have to go back out,” Fisher said. “You can’t get any sort of feel for the game. “You’re rushing out there and your head’s kind of spinning and you don’t have a chance to really get settled into the game and start feeling out what they’re doing and different tendencies.” This week, Fisher should get that chance. While starters haven’t been announced yet, Fisher has been listed as the starting Buck linebacker all season long – the Huskers simply haven’t used a base package much. Now, with a power rushing attack at hand, Fisher will have a chance to prove to his coaches that he deserves to be on the field. He has the opportunity to fully bounce back from his injury and reclaim his role as a permanent starter. But with four players – Fisher,

Will Compton, Alonzo Whaley and David Santos – vying for three spots, competition for starting roles will be fierce. Fisher said linebackers coach Ross Els is looking for physical players to stuff the Badger rushing attack. “That’s one thing that we’re really focusing on in the linebacker room,” Fisher said. “We’ve got to play more physical than we have.” That’s one point in Fisher’s favor. As a senior running back at Millard North High School, Fisher carried the ball 44 times for 198 yards in the 2007 Class A State Championship game, shredding tackles en route to a state title in a performance that’s still spoken about seemingly as folklore in Omaha. On Saturday, Fisher will have to channel that same physicality and use it to stop the run. “They’re predominantly heavy

personnel,” Fisher said. “First, second down I’m hoping to be in there almost every snap, and then third and short. “It’s not like it’s my first day here. I’ve been here for five years. I’ve been practicing that since I was a freshman.” Fisher acknowledges this week’s game is a big opportunity for him, but he also realizes his best chance for success is to forget about the magnitude of the match and focus instead on the technical aspects of the game. No matter what happens Saturday, Fisher is prepared for whatever may come next – trained by a career filled with surprises and disappointments. “I’ll treat this like my last season and kind of soak it up that way,” Fisher said. Fisher is currently listed as a senior, but he could theoretically come back to play a sixth season, if granted a medical hardship by the NCAA once the season is over. Even if that happens, Fisher isn’t sure he would accept it. Fisher is on track for medical school, with a 4.0 GPA as a business administration major. The secondteam Academic All-American is applying to medical schools right now, and says he’ll sit down with his family and fiance and make a decision regarding his football career once the season is over. His dad, Todd, was a cornerback at Nebraska in the 1980s, and his brother, Cole, is a redshirt freshman linebacker at Iowa. Regarding a decision to pass up an additional year of football in favor of medical school, Sean Fisher didn’t sound like a son who would be letting his family down. “They haven’t had any complaints thus far,” he said with a smile. sports@

Nebraska’s Gray excels in the corner Angela Hensel DN After Caroline Gray kicks the ball, pay close attention to what happens next. The sophomore on the Nebraska women’s soccer team has a unique role besides roaming Nebraska Soccer Field as a midfielder. Gray handles the majority of the corner kicks for the Huskers. While Gray may not be leading the Huskers in goals scored, she does help set up a lot of goals by setting up in the corner. Gray made an impact this weekend when all three Nebraska’s goals came off of her corners. “John (Walker) really emphasized it last week and knew the other teams weren’t defending the free kicks,” Gray said. When asked about getting the job of handling all of the corner kicks, Gray said it was all about being in the right place at the right time. Gray said she was injured at the beginning of the season so other players were handling the corner kicks. But once she got healthier and was out on the practice field, she decided to give it a try. “One day I just wanted to go out there and kick a few and John (Walker) saw my confidence,” Gray said. That confidence landed her the job. While Gray has to take many corner kicks throughout a game and not all of them result in goals, it still is important for her to go out there and perform every time. As soon as Gray sees the ball kicked out of bounds behind the goal, she knows it’s her time to step up. Once Gray starts heading over

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Nebraska’s Caroline Gray fights for a ball against Indiana last weekend. The Huskers rely on Gray for all of their corner kicks. to the corner of the field, it’s all about remaining alert. Gray said she has certain players she looks for, whether it is getting a short pass to freshman midfielder Katie Kraeutner, or lob-

bing the ball up high to get a header for veteran leaders Mayme Conroy or Ari Romero. No matter what formation the other players are making, Gray has only one motive: Get the

ball in goal. “When I go out there I just look for the openings,” she said. For Gray, the opportunity to be a vital role in the Huskers’ lineup is just what she is looking for. As a sophomore and returning starter on such a young team, Gray said she wants to make more of an impact this year. “I knew it was my time to be confident and step up,” Gray said. And other players are taking note of Gray’s importance. Freshman defender Jaylyn Odermann was one of those able to benefit off of Gray’s corner kicks on Sunday to score the second goal for Nebraska against Indiana. “All of hers seemed on today, I think only one went out of bounds which really helped us a lot,” Odermann said. “We knew where she was going to put them we just had to get them for her.” With the execution that Gray had this weekend, the Huskers hope they will be able to rely on her more in the future to get some goals off of the corners. “We have the right tools, it’s just the execution we have to take care of,” Odermann said. Although Gray often has the job of assisting others in corner kicks, that doesn’t mean she wants to stop there. Gray said she still wants to contribute as much as she can offensively, and that means scoring more goals on her own. “I got one this season but I am eager for more,” Gray said. “I just want to be more of a contributor.” sports@


Taylor Martinez struggled in the first half last year against Wisconsin. He threw three interceptions before halftime. When the Nebraska offense is at its best, Martinez is running the offense with precision. He is accurately completing his passes and making the right calls at the line of scrimmage. If he can maintain his composure in this game, Nebraska will put up some points.

3. MAKE BIG PLAYS Wisconsin’s crowd caused the young Nebraska players problems last year. Nebraska needs to return the favor this year, especially with Wisconsin’s freshman quarterback Joel Stave making just his second career start. How can the Huskers do that? Create big plays, especially on defense and special teams. If Nebraska can get an interception or a big kick return early, Memorial Stadium will rock the Badgers back to Madison. – compiled by Andrew Ward, DN football beat writer

1. Win the battle in the trenches If Wisconsin is to pull off the upset at Memorial Stadium, defensive tackles Beau Allen and Ethan Hemer – both of whom have pieced together quality seasons – must seal off any holes along the line of scrimmage. To stop a dual-headed rushing attack led by Taylor Martinez and Rex Burkhead that ranks third nationally with 317.5 yards per game, the Badgers’ four-man front will have to continue the ground defense that has it surrendering an average of 80.8 yards per game.

2. Stave must embrace unfriendly environment Described as a “cool customer” by linebacker Chris Borland after the win over Texas-El Paso, redshirt freshman quarterback Joel Stave looked composed under pressure in his first career start. But he’s never played in an environment even mildly comparable to the 81,000 fans who fill Memorial Stadium ever fall. For the Badgers to kick off their Big Ten season with a win, Stave must remain calm in the huddle, even with the best defense UW has played this year breathing down his back.

3. Force Martinez to stick to the ground With 31 pass breakups on the season, the much-maligned Wisconsin secondary has showed promising signs of improvement in 2012. But it must limit Martinez’s success through the air and improve on the 245 yards per game it has allowed this season. The Huskers’ quarterback threw three interceptions at Camp Randall in 2011 but has shown substantial improvement in 2012, making the job of Devin Smith and company that much more difficult Saturday.

– Compiled by Ian McCue, Badger Herald Sports Editor

football practice notes Asst. coaches react to Osborne Nebraska assistant coaches spoke after practice on Wednesday, with football taking a backseat to the announced departure of Athletic Director Tom Osborne. Barney Cotton, NU’s offensive line coach, played for Osborne in the 1970s. He reflected on his time around Osborne and the unique character that he brought to the football field. “He cares about the feelings of people, but yet can demand an awful lot out of people without the harsh motivation that maybe some of us use,” Cotton said. Ron Brown, a longtime assistant under Osborne, said he didn’t expect Osborne’s decision to come when it did. “It caught me off guard a little bit,” Brown said. “I kind of knew at some point it was going to happen, because he’s not the type of guy who wants to overstay his welcome. If anything, he kind of left the coaching ranks early when he was 60 years old. I knew at some point he’d want to retire, but I didn’t expect it to be today.”

Huskers prepare for Badgers

Nebraska watched last year’s game against Wisconsin and continued preparation for Wisconsin’s rush-heavy offense. One of the critical areas Nebraska coaches prepared for was defending against play-action passes. “A part of that game getting out of hand was a lot of play action stuff, especially in the second half,” said defensive backs coach Terry Joseph. “It goes back to our discipline, guys being in the right spot and trusting the rules of the defense.” Another area of focus is on Wisconsin’s linebackers. Assistant offensive line coach John Garrison said the Huskers have been keying on Wisconsin linebacker Chris Borland, trying to find a way to block him. “They have a linebacker who I think is one of the best football

players I’ve seen,” Garrison said. “He doesn’t stay blocked. “You look at their past opponents, there aren’t many that are putting up big numbers in the rushing game. That’s going to be a challenge for us. Our guys are excited.” Jared Abbrederis, Wisconsin’s top receiving threat is the biggest concern for the secondary, Joseph said. “You can see in the last game, they really tried to target him,” Joseph said. “He’s a guy that we’ve got to know where he lines up at every time. “He’s a very savvy route runner, a real smart receiver, but he’s sneaky fast on you too and can run by you. It’s going to be a good challenge for those corners out there to match up with him and defend him down the field.”

Competition heats up

The Blackshirts will operate mostly out of a base 4-3 defense on Saturday, as a reaction to Wisconsin’s rush-heavy offense. As a result, Nebraska will be playing with less defensive backs, and competition for the few spots is fierce. “We won’t see as much spread as we’ve seen the last few weeks, so at the corner position we’ll have to rotate some guys through,” Joseph said. “I think they’ve all fought through it, and we’ll go another day here Thursday before we make a decision on who will play and how much. “They know they’re battling for snaps right now.” On the offensive line – another area that has players battling for starting spots – Garrison said the same five starters will see the field this week, and the Huskers will continue to use a seven-man rotation. Garrison said the competition has helped fuel his unit to push harder. “Let’s see what we’ve got now,” Garrison said. “The nonconference is over, now let’s see what we’ve got with the big boys.” –Compiled by Chris Peters

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Huskers finish 15th at Golfweek Challenge staff report DN After the final 18 holes of the Golfweek Conference Challenge on Wednesday, the NU women’s golf team finished 15th out of 18 teams. As a team, NU shot 60 over par. Pepperdine, the winner of the three-day of competition, shot four under par. Junior Katelyn Wright and freshman Cassie

Deeg tied for 20th. On Wednesday’s Par 72 course, Wright shot 75 and Deeg shot 77. Junior Steffi Neisen, the only other upperclassmen for NU, tied for 74th after shooting an 86 on Wednesday. Redshirt freshman Jackie O’Doherty shot 79 on the third day to finish 87th. Redshirt freshman Morgan Smejkal shot 83 on Wednesday and finished 89th. sports@

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Huskers sweep Spartans at home Nebraska rebounds from rough road trip with 3-0 match against MSU

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Chris Heady DN Nebraska coach John Cook can rationalize Nebraska’s tough nonconference schedule now. “This is the benefit from it,” Cook said in his postgame press conference after the Nebraska 3-0 sweep of No. 24 Michigan State. “I think our players feel like they’ve been through some wars.” If NU has been through some wars, last night was nothing more than a scuffle as the Huskers cruised by the Spartans to go to 2-1 in the Big Ten, and 10-2 overall. Nebraska started off hot with a 7-4 lead in the first, but MSU kept it close until Nebraska’s first timeout at 15-10. From there, freshman Meghan Haggerty and senior Hannah Werth went on a kill streak. The two combined for seven of NU’s 14 kills in the first set. “We came and served really well and got Michigan State on their heels,” Cook said. “I think our girls were really excited to be home.” The stat sheet was riddled with Husker positives. Gina Mancuso led the team with 12 kills and had a hitting percentage of .400. Haggerty had another solid night with eight kills on 10 attacks and one and a half blocks. Lauren Cook finished with 39 of the teams 41 assists, and also lead the team in digs with 11. “We needed Lauren to step up and play big defensively, and she did,” coach Cook said. “She had 11 digs but she could have had 15.” Werth also had a big night with nine kills on 15 attacks,

Werth shines in Nebraska win against Michigan State


Hannah Werth slides for a dig against Michigan State on Saturday. Werth tallied nine kills after slumping during Nebraska’s road trip to Penn State and Ohio State. along with six digs and a block. She excelled down the stretch while MSU was battling back in the third set and accounted for three consecutive Husker points. “We all did a really good job there at the end making plays,” Werth said. “We’ve got to play every point like it’s the national championship point.” After dropping two matches in a row, Nebraska is now on a

two-game win streak, and can feel the pressure all around them dissipate. “We got complacent at Iowa State as the No. 1 team in the nation,” Lauren Cook said. “There is a lot of pressure to succeed here and it was coming from everywhere when we lost. No back at home it doesn’t feel like that so much.” Werth agreed the pressure

has greatly diminished. “I feel like there was a really relaxed, really comfortable vibe tonight,” Werth said. Nebraska will continue their homestand, and defend their undefeated record inside the NU Coliseum when the Huskers play Michigan at 2 p.m. on Sunday. sports@

Hannah Werth was thrilled to get back to the NU Coliseum. In Nebraska volleyball’s three previous matches on the road, the senior hit below .200 in each match against Iowa State (.121), Penn State (.121) and Ohio State (.125). However, her performance against Michigan State on Wednesday night looked far from last week’s three dismal showings. “She killed about 75 percent of her swings, which is a good night to hit over 40 percent,” NU coach John Cook said. “She had some big swings.” In the No. 6 Huskers’ (10-2, Big Ten 2-1) 3-0 victory against No. 24 Michigan State, Werth tallied nine kills on 15 swings (.467). It was the first time the senior had hit above .300 since her .333 (six kills) performance against Duquesne on Sep. 7 at home. The senior said preparing for the match on the Huskers’ home court for the first time in two weeks helped her and the team. “We did a really good job in the gym this week and everyone was excited to play tonight,” Werth said. Cook said he was pleased with the team’s offensive play to begin the match. “We came out and served really well and got Michigan State on their heels,” he said. “I think they were excited to be back home.” The Huskers began the match with a 25-17 win. Werth and teammate Gina Mancuso who led with four kills each. The team showed how excited they were by finishing the first set with a hitting percentage of .591 (14 for 22) and just one error. Werth added one more hit in the second to help the Huskers win the next set, 25-16. While it seemed like the senior was cooling down, her counterpart was just starting to heat up. Through the first two sets MSU’s Lauren Wicinski compiled six kills

along with four digs. The junior saved the best for last in the third set when she scorched six skills to put her team in contention of a comeback. Though the 13-kill performance put pressure on the Nebraska defense, the nail-bitter would end up going the Huskers way. The Spartans gave their opponents a tense third set when they busted into a 5-1 lead, which would later turn into a 12-7 advantage. “They came out with a lot power and attacked,” Werth said. However, the Spartans largest margin of the night would only fuel Werth and the Huskers the rest of the set. “We played a little complacent in the last set and it showed,” Werth said. “We did a really good job at the end and had big plays.” After a wide pass by Nebraska grew MSU’s lead to 16-14, Werth nailed a kill to put the team down just one. It looked like Werth was just getting started, according to Cook. The coach said her following plays helped NU earn their second Big Ten win on the season. “Hannah made three huge plays for us at the end of that game,” the coach said. Werth added another hit to tie the game at 17-17 and would go on to help cap the comeback with two more kills to finish the set, 25-22. The Huskers finished the match with a .391 team hitting percentage. The senior finished the match with one error, an improvement from her five error performance against the Buckeyes last Wednesday. “She had a bid dig, a big stuff (block) and a big kill,” Cook said. “It was a tight game. We needed to make big plays and we did that.” After going 1-2 on the road, Werth said she was excited to play at home again and get the victory. “Hitting and helping my team out is what I need to do,” Werth said. “It felt very good and comfortable to be back home.” sports@

nebraska athletic director tom osborne set to retire jan. 1: More instant reactions osborne: from 1

williams: from 15 and some new ideas because I’ve clude a football career at Nebraska, been out of this system, out of the a doctorate degree in education and leadership, and six years of AD heartland for a while,” Williams said. experience from time at Academy “Whatever good Jamie has, whatever of Art University in San Francisco he can bring, that’s what I’ve been charged with.” where he built the athletic departHe knew coming in that Osborne ment from the ground up. was on his way out, Williams said, When he took over that program, the school didn’t have a single com- but he didn’t come in for a shot at replacing his old coach. petitive sport. When he left for his “I knew it was a possibility becurrent post at Nebraska, he had cause he is getting older and he’s built a fully functioning, 16 team, done a lot for the Division II program. world,” he said of The Academy of My role is Osborne’s retireArt’s athletic proment. “You know gram now serves to inject everybody has a more than 200 stuenergy, some time period. Me and dent athletes. my ex-teammates, Nebraska’s Ath- vision, some best we all knew that at letic Department is some point he has to a step up from what practices and do more fishing and Williams dealt with some new ideas.” things like that.” in San Francisco, but Williams also his experience buildJamie Williams knew he would be a ing a program from nu associate ad media target when the ground up has Osborne’s time did media and fans alike come. He shies away from the polispeculating about his chances. Perlman said on Wednesday that tics it pushes on him. “This is going to be a real politihe will consider all qualified candidates. He wouldn’t specify if any of cal process,” he said. “Anytime you have a change like this at a great instithose come from inside the program. tution, there’s politics in what you’re “What I’ve told the search consultant to do is to look,” Perlman doing because everybody is looking at it through a different set of glasses. said. “It’s not hard to see what the experiences are and what the cre- Some people think it should be this way, some think it should be that.” dentials are. He’ll look at them in the Williams claims he hasn’t been same way you would look at other contacted by Perlman and doesn’t people in the Athletic Department and in the same way you would want the attention. While Osborne is still the director of Nebraska athlook at other people in intercolleletics, Williams wants him to be the giate athletics.” focus as he heads out the door. As it stands, Williams’ role with “We need to make sure we honor Nebraska is to, as he says, “add this man the right way,” he said. “We value.” He is trying to open the eyes of the Athletic Department. He need to make sure he stays involved. says his experiences can bring an That six-month thing, I think that’s a little short. We need to make sure outside perspective to an otherwise he stays involved as long as he is on closed world. this planet.” “My role is to inject energy, sports@ some vision, some best practices,

peters: from 15 but he wouldn’t say definitively if he was interested in the position. Who would? Those are massive shoes to fill. It’s one thing to replace the wins. Any good coach can do a passable job replacing the wins. His accomplishments as an athletic director aren’t hard to follow either. Osborne introduced new coaches and new facilities, but life goes on. Osborne’s shoes are as big as his heart is. “We need to make sure we honor this man the right way,” Williams said. “His wisdom and knowledge, we can’t throw it out there. We need to make sure this man is involved as long as he wants to be involved.” One moment in a 40-plus year relationship with Nebraska, one questionable call, is the only mark on his integrity. And even that was

disputable. Counter that with his charities, both money and support-based, and throw in the endless advice and guidance he has given one-on-one to Nebraska athletes and spread to the masses across Husker nation, and the Phillips decision seems to vanish from memory. Osborne will be remembered as a coach, as an athletic director and most importantly as a man. He was and will remain the biggest icon the state of Nebraska has ever seen. For NU Chancellor Harvey Perlman, the decision to replace Osborne shouldn’t be a decision at all. You can’t hire a new Tom Osborne. You can only hire a new AD, you can only move on. Chris Peters is a senior journalism and advertising and public relations major. Reach him at sports@


Tom Osborne on his years of dedication and service The University of Nebraska–Lincoln is an equal opportunity educator and employer.

file photo by chris dorwart | dn braska coaches. In his five years at the helm of Husker athletics, he brought in football coach Bo Pelini, baseball coach Darin Erstad and Miles. “It was a definite honor when he asked me to do it,” Erstad said of the day Osborne hired him. “I can’t thank him enough for giving me the opportunity. Life’s full of opportunities, and when you get one you have to make the most of it.” Those coaches will remain at Nebraska past the AD’s tenure and will likely end up defining part of his legacy. Former Husker football player and current Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez said Osborne has already cemented himself in the history books with his coaching career and guiding hand the past few years. “Everyone knows about Tom’s football coaching legacy,” he said. “But he has really helped guide Nebraska through some significant challenges in recent years and he was, obviously, a key figure in the school’s transition to the Big Ten.” In 2011 Osborne was a key figure in moving Nebraska from the Big 12 into the Big Ten, a conference that features its own television network and elite academic institutions. Along with moving the Huskers into a new conference, Osborne made decisions regarding Husker facilities. Construction projects may be his biggest mark on the program, according to Miles.

“I thought in a certain way it was fitting that when he announced to our staff that he was going to retire, in the background you could see a crane and Pinnacle Bank Arena being built, and if you turned and looked at what he was seeing, you could see the East Stadium expansion,” Miles said. Erstad had a similar idea of what might make up the AD’s legacy. “I kind of felt like that was his final stamp to have all those facilities going up,” he said. “They are the best in the country, like they’ve always been, and I think he was on a mission to get everything set before he said ‘see you later.’” The men’s basketball program struggled mightily under Osborne’s watch, but the new facilities and new coach have the AD satisfied with the direction of the program. Miles said Osborne’s work is reason for optimism with his team. “Look at the legacy he is going to leave to coaches and to student athletes alike upgrading programs across the board,” Miles said. “Of course, men’s basketball has benefited more greatly than anybody the last three years.” Osborne’s announcement happened suddenly Wednesday morning, but it wasn’t a complete surprise to those in the organization. “I’ve for sure thought about that possibility,” Erstad said. “Today is that day, and we are going to move on.”

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Men’s basketball coach Tim Miles (upper left), NU football coach Bo Pelini (above) and baseball coach Darin Erstad (below) were Osborne’s three major hires during his tenure as Nebraska’s Athletic Director. All three have Osborne’s confidence moving forward, he said during his retirement announcement on Wednesday.

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Osborne didn’t give a discernible reason for choosing to leave the program at this point, but that’s not an issue, at least not to Erstad. “He’s 75 years old. I don’t

need a reason from him,” the coach said. “You want to go fishing every day? Knock your socks off.” sports@

“He cares about people,” Brown said. “He values people. That’s what you always miss. You miss a guy who always remembers the little things in your life and that you’re a person and that you deserve some dignity.” That dignity sold Brown on Nebraska. It’s a mentality that Brown is sure will continue, even without Osborne around to preach it. “He will treat you like you’re

special,” Brown said. “That I think goes a long way with folks. People want to be loyal to something like that.” “That’s one of the reasons there’s been great longevity here at Nebraska with coaches. People don’t want to leave when they’re being treated well. That goes a long way in life.” sports@

reactions: from 15 what his beliefs are all about. He’s the same guy.” John Garrison, who aides Cotton with offensive line coaching, didn’t play for Osborne – he arrived at NU as a player two years after Osborne retired. But with Osborne still acting as a mentor for the team, the loss is just as stinging for him. “He’s been a tremendous leader and mentor for me,” Garrison said.

“His character and what he’s all about really bled through the entire program. It was an honor to be a part of a legend like that.” Brown reiterated Garrison’s point, noting that Nebraska’s identity is a direct product of Osborne’s integrity. His ability to discern right from wrong and the individual care he shows for each person, Brown said, are what make Osborne and Nebraska special.

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nebraska athletic director tom osborne set to retire jan. 1: instant reactions

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Nebraska track and field coach Gary Pepin For the 30-plus years I’ve worked with him, I’ve never heard a negative word about Tom from other coaches or administrators.” “From a work standpoint I hate to see him retire. From a personal standpoint, it feels like it’s time. If he’s ready for it then that’s great. He’s done a tremendous job.”

Nebraska basketball coach Tim Miles He’s far beyond a coach. He’s got such a personal equity in Nebraska – the whole state. He’s just an amazing guy.” “When you see Tom, I just think of integrity. Here’s a guy who does the right things, stands for the right things … not everybody operates that way, but he always has and always will.”

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Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez Tom Osborne has been a steady and stabilizing presence as athletic director at Nebraska since he moved into the position five years ago. Everyone knows about Tom’s football coaching legacy, but he has really helped guide Nebraska through some significant challenges in recent years and he was, obviously, a key figure in the school’s transition to the Big Ten. His departure is a loss for college athletics and the Big Ten, but I wish Tom well in his retirement. He’s earned it.”

Nebraska football coach Bo Pelini 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 they will find the right individual to lead this athletic department going forward.”

Nebraska men’s golf coach Bill Spangler He would say he hasn’t left much of a legacy. But we would say he’s had a great one. He’s got great integrity and he does things the right way.” “He’s supported us tremendously. He knows the challenges we have and he works hard to deal with them.”

Nebraska baseball coach and former Husker football punter Darin Erstad I always kind of felt that was his final stamp, leaving to have all the facilities in place, the best in the country like they’ve always been. I think he was on a mission to get everything set before he said, ‘See you later.’” “He’s put his time in at this university. If he wants to go fishing every day, knock your socks off.”

Nebraska men’s tennis coach Kerry McDermott He’s going to be missed. I think he’s done a great job over the last five years.” “Every program whether it be tennis, football, softball … I felt like he held truth to what he believes in, loyalty and trust and hard work and integrity.”

Nebraska women’s bowling coach Bill Straub He’s going to be wholeheartedly missed … I thought (bringing him back) was a great move.”

Nebraska women’s gymnastics coach Dan Kendig It’s hard not to mention John Wooden in basketball, and Tom Osborne in football in the sports they’ve represented and country as a whole. They just do it the right way. I feel like he has great vision, a great way of looking at things. The way he carries himself is always true to form and true to his values.”

Nebraska volleyball coach John Cook “He treats you like a coach, talks to you like a coach, he makes you feel like a coach, he relates to you like a coach and that’s what great AD’s do. I’m really going to miss him. I really want to win him a national championship for him this year. It’s been a privilege that he’s been the athletic director...The support he’s given, the vision he’s had for Devaney, volleyball... It was a very somber day yesterday after he met with me. I know some of our girls were crying today.”

Tom Osborne answers reporters’ questions after announcing his retirement on Wednesday. After five years as Nebraska’s athletic director,- Osborne will retire Jan. 1, 2013.



Husker hires reflect upon time with osborne after his announcement story by lanny holstein | photo by anna reed


udging by the reactions of various coaches and administrators, Nebraska Athletic Director Tom Osborne will be missed. When the head of Husker athletics announced his intention to retire Jan. 1, 2013, it let loose a flood of praise for the longtime

face of Nebraska. It’s safe to say he is a popular figure in the eyes of his staff. “When you see Tom, you see integrity,” said Tim Miles, NU men’s basketball coach and an Osborne hire. “There’s a guy that does the right things and stands for the right things. Sometimes

when you get to athletics at a high end, things don’t operate that way, but he always has and always will.” Osborne was instrumental in the hire of three major Ne-

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Jamie Williams insists he isn’t a candidate to be the next Nebraska athletic director. As much as the media wants him to assume the role of homegrown hero, the current associate athletic director for diversity and leadership isn’t budging. He took his post at Nebraska this summer to bring outside ideas to his alma mater, not to take over as athletic director, he said. “I am interested in helping this program, to the best of my ability, in any way that I can,” Wi l l i a m s said. “I’ve done a lot of things. I’ve accomplished a lot of things. I am not afraid to go into darkness, and I know what williams this program can become. It’s something great now, but we can elevate that legacy.” After current NU Athletic Director Tom Osborne announced his intent to step down, many people speculated Williams would be next in line. He doesn’t come to the same conclusion. “They’re having that conversation and deciding what that pool is on their own,” Williams said. “That is (Chancellor) Harvey’s (Perlman) job and that’s coach’s job as the person stepping down.” The news of Osborne’s retirement came as a surprise to Williams. Although he keeps in regular contact with the athletic director, he was caught off-guard Wednesday morning by a last-second allstaff meeting. “I talk to him every day, and I had no idea it was coming,” he said. “I thought it was about the crazy uniforms we are going to display this weekend.” Williams’ reaction to the news was similar to that of many Husker fans, although he chose to articulate it with a Star Wars reference. “It’s kind of like Master Yoda setting down his lightsaber,” he said. “You know the part where (Obi-Wan Kenobi) lets Darth Vader take him out? ‘I’m like dude, you’re letting Darth Vader take you out?’ I’m like that guy right now.” Williams may be shocked, but the search is now on for a new AD, and his name is being thrown around. Williams’ qualifications in-

williams: see page 14

Nebraska football Osborne a proven coaching staff leader for Huskers remembers AD Nebraska football stalwarts appreciate what Osborne has done for Nebraska

“He was always a guy who, whenever there was a ‘dirty job,’ he would be the guy to do it.” Brown fell in love with Lincoln on that trip. Now, a quarter of a century later, the man who introduced Brown to the Nebraskan lifestyle has announced his exit. Chris Peters While the news makes perfect DN sense to Nebraska’s coaches – with Osborne’s older age – coaches were Tom Osborne’s retirement prompted still in the dark about his retirement a reaction from Nebraska football until Wednesday. coaches hauntingly similar to a euBarney Cotton, Nebraska’s offenlogy on Wednesday. sive line coach, played for Osborne Considering Osborne has been infrom 1975-78. He, like volved in Nebraska athletthe rest of the coachics for nearly 50 years, the ing staff, found out the idea of having a Nebraska news at a staff meeting. without him is almost like “I had a tear in my losing a loved one. eye,” Cotton said. “I “He’s been an amazing know that he was feelguy,” said Ron Brown, NU ing emotional, but he running backs coach. “I’m never cracked. He was sad to see coach Osborne that same guy that you decide to retire. But I’m guys see every day. sure he’s thought about “He’s probably the that, prayed about it a lot.” smartest, classiest man Brown started at Neof integrity I’ve ever brown braska in 1987 as an assismet.” tant in charge of tight ends Cotton said though and wide receivers. After Osborne has aged, at 25 years of knowing Osborne, Brown his core, he is still the same person he reflected Wednesday on his first enwas when Cotton met him as a junior counter with the coach. in high school. “In my job interview, he insisted “The basic guy is still there,” Cotthat he carry my bags,” Brown said. ton said. “He’s well-mannered, he’s “He didn’t send some guy down to quiet, he doesn’t swear. You know here to get me, he came down here and showed up himself. reactions: see page 14

Chris Peters Tom Osborne’s integrity has only been questioned once. In 1995, Osborne reinstated Husker running back Lawrence Phillips just weeks after suspending Phillips from the team for assaulting his ex-girlfriend. Osborne was harshly criticized for making an exception for the star player and early Heisman Trophy candidate. Osborne reasoned that kicking Phillips off the team would do more harm than good for the troubled athlete. Some viewed the move as a perfect example of Osborne’s fatherfigure reputation, but others grilled Osborne, questioning his moral ground and claiming Osborne only wanted to win a championship. While the Huskers did win the national championship that season, Osborne didn’t sell his soul to the devil for a ring. His team was better prepared and had better guidance than Florida, which Nebraska trounced 62-24. Tom Osborne wasn’t just a coach, he was an icon that represented not only the university, but the way of life in the state of Nebraska. It sounds cheesy – the coach of

the football team being the figurehead for the state – but it’s true. Osborne is viewed as almost a deity in Nebraska, an immortal. The Cornhusker State even elected the Huskers’ head coach to represent it in the House of Representatives. The reaction says it all. On Twitter, Tom Osborne was a trending topic nationally before Osborne even took the podium. By the end of his press conference, his name was trending worldwide. It started with Tim Miles, the new Nebraska men’s basketball head coach, who officially broke the story with a picture from the staff announcement. It followed with praise from current and former players. “Tom Osborne had the biggest impact on my life as an athlete, student, and business leader,” tweeted Blake Lawrence, former NU linebacker. “Incredible man. Love you T.O.” Reaction came from all ends, stretching far beyond the football field. “Osborne left behind an amazing legacy,” tweeted Anna Weigandt, the reigning Big Ten Champion in the outdoor triple jump. “It was an honor to have him as an AD for the majority of my time here as a student athlete.” Former Nebraska tight end Jamie Williams, now Nebraska’s associate athletic director of diversity and leadership initiatives, said he didn’t see it coming. “I’m just sad right now.” Williams is one of the biggest names rumored to replace Osborne,

peters: see page 14

•Two seasons in the NFL •Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Nebraska •M.A. in Educational Psychology from Nebraska


We were so desperate, things got so tough, we went to what’s known as an incentive pay system,” he told Huskers Illustrated. “If you made a touchdown, you got $100, caught a pass, you got $50; if you made a great block or a great tackle, you got $15. And, of course, there were fines and deductions if you fumbled, missed an assignment, did something wrong. To give you an idea of the kind of player I was, at the end of the first year, they called me in and added everything up and said I owed the team $34.50.”

Tom Osborne on his playing career with the Washington Redskins:

Osborne played professional football as a wide receiver for the Washington Redskins and San Francisco 49ers from 196062. From 1964-68, Osborne coached at Nebraska as an offensive assistant. In 1969, he took over as the offensive coordinator.


For 30 years, the NebraskaOklahoma winner won 28 conference championships. During that same time, we also combined for nine or 10 national championships, so we built a solid foundation together and always seem to compete with a very high level of respect for each other.”

Tom Osborne on the NebraskaOklahoma rivalry:

•Two-time Big Eight coach of the year •Two Big Eight championships •Overall record: 75-20


Nebraska claimed two national championships with Osborne as NU’s offensive coordinator in 1970 and 1971, after implementing a balanced run-pass attack based out of the I-formation. In 1972, longtime coach Bob Devaney retired, naming Osborne his successor. Osborne claimed the first two of his 13 conference championships in the 1970s, winning the Big 8 in 1975 and 1978.


•Five conference titles •Two-time Big Eight coach of the year •Coached Heisman winner Mike Rozier •Overall record: 103-20


We were trying to win the game,” Osborne told the St. Petersburg Times. “It never entered my head.”

Tom Osborne on whether he should have gone for a two point-conversion to win the 1984 Orange Bowl:

Osborne brought the Huskers back to the national spotlight in the 1980s. In 1983, Nebraska’s Mike Rozier claimed a Heisman Trophy as a part of the “scoring explosion” offense, headed by Rozier, Turner Gill and Irving Fryar. Osborne’s 1983 offense set a number of NCAA records, but failed to claim a national championship, losing to Miami in the Orange Bowl.


The hours have been long,” Osborne told the Daily Nebraskan. “But that’s what I have wanted to do. If you’re going to call the plays on Saturday … there are no shortcuts. What I’ve come to realize over the last couple – three months, is that I was not going to be able to sustain that pace for any length of time.”

Tom Osborne on his decision to end his coaching career in December of 1997:

•Three national titles •Six conference titles •Four-time conference coach of the year •National coach of the year (1994) •Overall record: 87-11

•Congressman for six years •Took over as Nebraska AD in 2007 •Hired Bo Pelini as NU football coach


I’ve spent the majority of my life working with the Athletic Department at the university and I want to do what I can at this point to continue in the pursuit of excellence that has been previously established,” he said.

Tom Osborne on accepting the job as Nebraska’s interim athletic director:

In 2000, Osborne ran for and was elected to represent Nebraska’s 3rd Congressional District in the House of Representatives. He served the role from 2001-2007 before resigning to run for governor; he lost in the primary with 44.36 percent of the vote. In Oct. 2007, Osborne took over as NU’s interim athletic director before removing the interim tag two months later. One of his first moves as AD was to fire coach Bill Callahan and name Bo Pelini head coach.

In the ’90s, Osborne finally broke through and won a national championship. The 1994, 1995 and 1997 squads won national titles, producing a Heism an Trophy runnerup in Tommie Frazier in 1995. Osborne retired following the 1997 season, leaving a legacy of never having a team with less than nine wins while also maintaining an AP Top 25 Poll ranking every week, with the exception of three occurrences. In 1999, Osborne was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. accolades



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I think that culture’s the most important thing. People always look at facilities, you know? You’ve got to have this building and that building and finances. It’s really the people that make it work. We had some pretty good things happening here without extravagant facilities for a long time. Most of that had to do with culture and I think that, at this point, we’ve got our former players behind us and involved. I think the fans are pretty well engaged, and I think that the people in the Athletic Department are working together.”

Tom Osborne on his accomplishments as NU’s Athletics Director:

Osborne played a key role in Nebraska’s move to the Big Ten Conference, announced in June 2010. He also held a significant role in the development of NU’s facilities, with the introduction of the Memorial Stadium expansion and the Pinnacle Bank Arena. On Wednesday morning, Osborne announced his retirement, effective Jan. 1, 2013.


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