Tom Osborne Honored in His Last Home Game

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It's Tom Osborne's last home game as Nebraska's Athletic Director. Saturday marks his 500th game at Nebraska in an official capacity (assistant coach, head coach, athletic director).

With the impending end of an outstanding career as coach and administrator at the University of Nebraska, several events have been planned as a tribute to Tom Osborne, who will retire from his current position as Athletic Director on Jan. 1, 2013.

Osborne's five-year stint as a successful administrator follows a stellar career as Nebraska's head football coach when his teams won 255 games, 13 conference championships and three national titles in 25 years

A gala fund-raiser with proceeds going toward the East Memorial Stadium Research Center and the TeamMates Mentoring Program, which Tom Osborne and his wife Nancy founded in 1991, will take place in Omaha sometime after the first of the year.

More information on this event will be forthcoming soon.

Current and former athletic staff, coaches and student-athletes will gather in Lincoln for an invitation-only Tribute to Tom the night before the annual spring game on Friday, April 5, 2013. The date of the spring game has moved up one week this year and will take place in Memorial Stadium on April 6, 2013.

Fans seeking an opportunity to write a thank you note to Osborne or tell a favorite Osborne story can do so beginning this weekend through a specially created website

Fans can participate by using the hashtag #ThanksTO on their tweets or Instagram messages or by commenting on Facebook. Fans are also encouraged to send stories and best wishes via email to (requires first and last name and address).

Athletics will post some of the stories obtained from email, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram on the website giving fans a chance to share their thanks for Coach Osborne's service to Nebraska Athletics with all of Husker Nation. The website, is also accessible via

Shawn Eichorst will begin his tenure as Nebraska's Athletic Director beginning on Jan. 1, 2013 and Osborne will continue with the athletic department as Athletic Director Emeritus until July 31, 2013.