In 2010 Osborne ended Nebraska's long-standing relationship with the Big 12 Conference and accepted an invitation for Nebraska to become the twelfth member of the Big Ten Conference. Devaney announced he would step down as head coach at age 57 after the 1972 season to concentrate on his duties as athletic director and named Osborne as his successor. Osborne later agreed to continue as athletic director after 2010 with his position to be reviewed annually.
Thomas William "Tom" Osborne (born February 23 1937) was one of the most successful and highly regarded coaches in college football history due to his tenure as head coach of the University of Nebraska football team. He also was a member of Congress and is currently the Athletic Director at Nebraska. He was the head coach of the Nebraska Cornhuskers football team for 25 years from (1973 to 1997) succeeding Bob Devaney.