Tom Osborne: the face of Nebraska football

In 25 seasons as the Nebraska Cornhuskers head coach, Tom Osborne compiled a 225-49-3 record. He joined Travis and Chad on the Rip City Drive Friday to discuss his career and discuss this weekend’s big matchup between the Oregon Ducks and the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

Osborne talked about the first time that he met with current Huskers coach Mike Riley once he’d been hired as the new coach and what was discussed in that conversation.

“When Mike Riley came here three years ago, he had lunch with me and he had two questions. He wanted to know about walk-ons, because Nebraska was kind of famous for having walk on players.  And the other thing is he wanted to know about the Blackshirt tradition.”

Osborne also talked about the challenges facing Oregon coach Willie Taggart as he goes through his first season with the Ducks.

“You have to establish the culture and players have to understand what is acceptable and what isn’t acceptable, what kind of effort you’re expected to give, what the ground rules are, and that’s always a learning experience.”

 Osborne also talked about the 1984 Orange Bowl in which Nebraska lost to Miami and he was criticized for going for two and the win at the end of the game.

“I think people have read more into that decision than what it probably deserves. We scored with about 30-40 seconds left in the game and we were still behind by one point 31-30. At that time, there was no overtime period. So either you went for two points and the win or you kicked the extra point and end with a tie.”

Take a listen to the fantastic interview and be sure to stay tuned to Rip City Radio 620 for all your updates on college football.

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