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On the retirement of Tom Osborne
“The hours have been long, but
that’s what I wanted to do. If you are
going to call the plays on Saturday ...
there are no shortcuts. What I’ve
come to realize over the last couple of
months - three months - is that I was
not going to be able to sustain that
pace for any length of time.”
Tom Osborne, on one of the reasons
why he retired
“I’m in reasonably good shape.
I’m not going to keel over right in
front of you or anything like that.”
Osborne, on his heart troubles
“He got to watch 150 guys on this
team grow up and the thousands that
came before us. He’s been like a
father figure to us all.”
Fullback Joel Mackovica
“Tom Osborne’s major concern
when he spoke with us was that the
character and quality of the football
program remain intact. He said ‘I
don’t want someone else coming in
here and jerking my kids around by
the face masks.’”
Chancellor James Moeser
“Do I wish he was still coach? Yes.
So does everyone else in Nebraska.
It’s a wise person who knows when to
hang it up.”
Gov. Ben Nelson
“Coach came in and he tried to
crack some jokes, but nobody was
laughing. We knew.”
Linebacker Eric Johnson
iou can’t put into words the kind
of bond we have with Coach Osborne.
You can sit and talk for hours. And I
know five years from now if I see
Coach Osborne, I’ll be able to give
him a big hug and it will be fine.”
Offensive lineman Matt Hoskinson
“Maybe he’ll come to my YMCA
Mike Osborne, on his father having
missed him play high school football
“I think you come to a crossroads
where you know exactly what you
want to do in life. He just came to the
point where it was his time.”
Denver Broncos lineman Neil Smith,
a former Husker
“Sixty years old isn’t really that
old, but it’s probably time for him to
take a rest.”
Johnny Rodgers, a former Husker
“Legend. That’s the only word I
think of. Tom Osborne represented
the very best this conference had to
offer and represented the very best in
college football. He’ll be missed by
Bill Snyder, Kansas State head
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I would like to take this time to
express my deepest thank you to
Tom Osborne for all of the things he
has done as head coach here at UNL.
Having been born and raised in
Nebraska, Husker football has
always meant a lot to me. We have
all been lucky enough to have had
Osborne be the person to lead all of
Nebraska and our Huskers for the
past 25 years. I wish him luck in all
he does following the Orange Bowl,
and wish Frank Solich luck in taking
over the helm.
To Mr. Osborne: You have given
both the students and the entire state
of Nebraska one more reason to be
proud to wear Husker red. To the
football team: Let’s bring home one
more for Dr. Tom!
Dear Tom Osborne,
While I must admit that I am not
me world s most die-nard tootball
fanatic, I do enjoy watching
Nebraska play, and I was part of the
crowds that gathered in the streets
both times that we won tfiS National
Championship. I was proud of our
But what I admire the most is not
necessarily the wins, but the charac
ter behind them. I just wanted to join
countless others in showing my sup
port and thanks for all that you have
Thank you for your life and com
mitment. Thank you for your unwa
vering faith in God, for your care for
your players, for the dedication that
you have passed on to others, and for
your integrity, class and dignity.
These are the reasons that I am
proud of Nebraska football.
May God be with you and bless
you in all your future endeavors.
mathematics and music
Well allow me to retort
This letter is a response to Mr.
Harbison’s guest column (DN,
Wednesday). The column was inter
esting, challenging and, in a word,
ridiculous. While he was in the
library researching the academic
indiscretions of Martin Luther King
Jr. for his column, I hope that he
spent a little time in the American
history sections. It is in those sec
tions where hypocrisy is most
prominent and prevalent.
If hypocrisy is indeed the issue
with the King holiday as Harbison
claims, then Martin Luther King Jr.
is perfect for this country as an
American hero. Why, you might
Well, it’s this country that offers
credo after credo that reeks of
integrity, justice and honor. It is this
country’s currency that says, “In
God We Trust,” yet every endeavor
is made to rid this land of anything
that resembles God.
It is this country that says, “all
men are created equal,” yet
racial/ethnic minorities, women,
poor and the disadvantaged are sub
jected to the kind of treatment that
animals should not have to endure.
Yes, it is this country, with all of
its greatness, that must admit being
the model of hypocrisy around the
world. How can this country talk to
any other country about human
rights abuses? Why do you like that
the United States didn’t involve
itself more in trying to rid South
Africa of apartheid? The hypocrisy
would have been clear.
Clearly, it’s the individuals that
are revered most in this country led
by example as slave owners, adulter
ers, liars, cheats, treaty breakers -
you name it.
And what does that mean? Well
using Harbison’s logic, these indi
viduals are not worthy of reverence,
honor or even respect. Now, that is if
you look at the whole person.
So, what do we do? I say let’s
open the files and look at the lives of
this country’s heroes to see if they
truly deserve recognition as great
people. Let’s do it.
Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy
in this country is grounded in the
fact that what he did is indisputable.
Unlike any of this country’s so
called heroes, Martin Luther King
Jr. gave his life fighting for the
rights promised to him in the docu
ments that govern this land. None of
the others with holidays or special
observances did that.
Martin Luther King Jr., armed
only with the lbve of God arid a phi
losophy of nonviolence, led a move
ment that changed the face of this
None of the “founding fathers”
did that. Not Washington, Jefferson,
Adams, Madison, Franklin, Lincoln,
none of them. But that does not
mean that they are not great in their
Plagiarism is wrong, there is no
doubt about that. And as an adminis
trator here I discourage it whole
heartedly. What Martin Luther King
Jr. did in the academic arena, right
or wrong, should be scrutinized in
the context. Whatever punishment
he deserves or deserved for plagia
rism he should have received.
However, the holiday is not about
that, so do not throw the baby out
with the bath water.
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hypocrisy and we need only look at
our beloved officials in government
in recent history for the best exam
Remember Nixon and
Watergate, Reagan, Ollie North and
the Contras, and Clinton, Paula
Jones, Whitewater. Where does it
end? There are some role models for
you. Should we take their pictures
down from government walls all
across this country?
Mr. Harbison says to honor
Martin Luther King Jr. at UNL
would be hypocritical. To the con
trary, I say it would just be the
John L. Harris
Office of the Vice Chancellor
for Student Affairs
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