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How will NU fare without Osborne?

Originally Published: September 26, 2012
By Mitch Sherman | ESPN.com

Tom Osborne's retirement as Nebraska athletic director, announced Wednesday and effective Jan. 1, leaves the school in a precarious spot at a time that may represent a crossroads in its athletic trajectory.

Osborne has always been there when Nebraska needed him. And the Cornhuskers needed him often.

They needed him 40 years ago, when Bob Devaney stepped aside as football coach and handed Osborne the keys to a monster truck. He drove with a steady hand, winning 255 games in 25 years ...

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