Photo: Nebraska puts legend's name back on field

Tom Osborne Field

Nebraska installed new FieldTurf at Memorial Stadium this offseason, and all reports indicate it looks terrific. The new surface also will include a nod to former legendary coach and athletic director Tom Osborne. This fall, the Huskers are putting “Tom Osborne Field” on the white edges of the east and west sidelines.

[ Huskers.com: Memorial Stadium FieldTurf to bear name of Tom Osborne again ]

Osborne’s name appeared on the field in 1998, the first season after he retired and the University of Nebraska Board of Regents’ approved naming the field after the legendary coach.

Osborne asked the school to remove his name from the playing surface the following season, however, because he didn’t think it was fair to then-coach Frank Solich.

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Fourteen seasons later, Osborne’s name is back where it belongs. And Nebraska fans are going to love the gesture.

Osborne won five national titles with the Huskers, including three as a head coach (1994, 1995 and 1997). The first coach to retire as a reigning champion, Osborne finished his career with a 255-49-3 clip.

h/t: Facebook.com/Huskers

About Brent Yarina BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina covers football and men’s basketball for BTN.com. He writes the popular uniform feature “Clothes Call,” which also focuses on the latest cosmetic changes across Big Ten arenas and stadiums. Read all of his work here. You can subscribe to Yarina’s RSS feed and follow him on Twitter @BTNBrentYarina.

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Al Pittman on 7/16/2013 @ 4:46pm EDT Said:

What a coach!, wshat a man!, he deserves every bit of praise he gets, maybe more.

Josh on 7/16/2013 @ 4:58pm EDT Said:

None better. No one has coached, won and lost with more class and integrity than Dr. Tom Osborne.

pat on 7/22/2013 @ 2:37pm EDT Said:

A fitting tribute to a fantastic coach and AD for Nebraska! Great to see his name back on the field!

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