Tom Osborne, former Republican congressman and a former head football coach at Nebraska, recently spoke about his viewpoint on the drawbacks of the Scott Frost period. Osborne discussed the causes of the difficulties encountered under Frost’s reign in speaking with former Husker player Adam Carriker.

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Who is Tom Osborne?

Thomas William Osborne, born on February 23, 1937, is a prominent figure with a multifaceted career in American football, coaching, college sports administration, and politics, primarily associated with Nebraska. 

He served as the Nebraska Cornhuskers head football coach for an amazing 25 seasons, from 1973 to 1997. Osborne was inducted into the illustrious College Football Hall of Fame in 1999 as a result of his outstanding accomplishments in the game.

He unexpectedly transitioned into politics and was chosen as a Republican to serve Nebraska’s third congressional district in 2000. From 2001 until 2007, Osborne held this position for three times before returning to the University of Nebraska as the athletic director.

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Osborne started playing football at Hastings College, where he doubled as a quarterback and wide receiver. Following his brief NFL career, he soon made the switch to the coaching side of the game.

Osborne made a statement in 2000 when he declared his candidacy for the Republican Party in Nebraska’s 3rd District. He faced minimal opposition in the Republican primary because of his great popularity throughout the state.

He triumphed handily in the November elections, garnering an astonishing 83 percent of the vote. Osborne’s political career flourished after his reelections in 2002 and 2004 when he defeated a Democratic challenger and had little or no resistance from any major political party.

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In 2007, President George W. Bush appointed Osborne to the Corporation for National and Community Service’s Board of Directors following his time in Congress. Osborne’s tenure on the board, nevertheless, was comparatively brief because he chose to step down from it in 2008.