Osborne Efforting Basketball Practice Facility

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Athletic director Tom Osborne says he doesn't accept that Nebraska can only be a football school.

Osborne is willing to put his money where his mouth is. He's proposing a basketball practice facility be built next to the Devaney Sports Center at a cost of about $15 million. Osborne also plans to move the team into a new downtown Lincoln arena -- if voters approve a bond issue -- or initiate a major renovation of the Devaney Sports Center.

Osborne says he's told coach Doc Sadler that he wants to make Nebraska competitive with some of the top basketball schools in the country.

Nebraska hasn't won a conference title since 1950, and hasn't won a game in six NCAA tournament appearances.

The program's crowning achievements: Winning the 1994 Big Eight tournament and the 1996 NIT.

Courtesy: Associated Press

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