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.
Osborne, for more than half of his life, has served as the rock on which Nebraskans leaned. He is, without argument, the most recognized and revered figure in the state.
It's a bold, new future at Nebraska, almost unthinkable without Osborne in a position of leadership, and a future in which Husker athletics faces challenges on many fronts.
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