Morning Playbook – Happy retirement Tom Osborne

Tom Osborne's legacy extends far past the football field.

One of the true icons of the sport of college football is heading to retirement. Nebraska's Tom Osborne announced yesterday he will retire as athletics director, leaving behind a storied legacy on and off the field. Most will recognize Osborne's football legacy, keeping Nebraska as a national power throughout most of his tenure on the sideline, and winning three national championships in the 1990s. But you also have to respect the way Osborne continued to serve after giving up the headset and seeking public office and eventually returning to Nebraska to serve as athletics director.

Under Osborne Nebraska's athletic success has continued in other sports besides football and the school has shifted conferences from the Big 12 to the Big Ten. Not only was Osborne good for Nebraska, but he was good for college football. His influence will be missed respectfully.

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Penn State lost another player, this time third string quarterback-turned-tight end Paul Jones. [Nittany Lions Den]

Is the fact that Ohio State is the standard-bearer for the Big Ten really that big of a problem for the conference? Dennis Dodd thinks so. [CBS Sports]

John L Smith has the support of Arkansas AD Jeff Long. [AP, via Sports Illustrated]

Texas A&M added fine print to some of their claimed championships. [Deadspin]

A new postseason game pitting a team from the Pac-12 or Big 12 against the best team from a pool of five other conferences could be in the works. [AP, via New York Times]

Memphis confirmed that leading rusher Jerrell Rhodes has left the team and is not expected to return. [College Football Talk]

Wyoming head coach Dave Christensen will appear during Thursday night's Colorado Rockies broadcast, for those in the viewing area. [Mountain West Conference]

Mississippi State has new alternate uniforms, with a helmet that looks to clone Boise State's concept. [No 2-Minute Warning]

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Here's an impressive stat about Tom Osborn, courtesy of the Big Ten Network…

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