More Than Winning : The Story of Tom Osborne

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  • Copyright: 2009-09-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Nebraska Pr
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At age twenty-eight, when Tom Osborne agreed to join Bob Devaney's full-time coaching staff at the University of Nebraska, he resolved to be a head coach by the time he reached age thirty-five. Little did he know that this goal would chart his course toward becoming one of the nation's premier football coaches. Six years later in 1972, Devaney named Osborne as head coach of the Nebraska Cornhuskers. In high school and college, Osborne had been an outstanding athlete in his own right. He went on to play professional football and to earn his master's and doctorate degrees in educational psychology. Throughout all these years in sports and academics, he was developing his unusual and inspiring philosophy of coaching, which above all emphasizes the process of athletics. InMore Than Winning, Osborne gives an in-depth personal account of his lifethe forces that shaped his values, his own accomplishments in sports, and his experiences as a coach at Nebraska. He describes his philosophy of coaching, shares personal perspectives on football greats, and gives his view of key Nebraska games up through the 1984 Orange Bowl.

Author Biography

Tom Osborne was head coach of the University of Nebraska football team for twenty-five years, during which time the Huskers won three national championships. After he retired from coaching in 1997, Osborne served Nebraska’s third district in the House of Representatives for six years. He now works as the athletic director at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.
John E. Roberts is the executive director of the Michigan High School Athletic Association and has also served as the executive vice president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. v
Forewordp. xv
Prefacep. xvii
Prologue: Coming Up Short Againp. 9
The Effect of Fine Personsp. 13
Growing Upp. 23
Discovered in the Mineral Water Bowlp. 31
Survivalp. 37
Getting off the Fencep. 45
Following a Legendp. 53
Silencing the Critics (a Little)p. 57
Getting the Monkey off our Back... and on It Againp. 63
Staying Putp. 69
The Quarterbacksp. 73
The Ideal Athletep. 81
The Linemenp. 85
The Heisman Trophy Winnersp. 89
The Booker Brown Affairp. 99
Slowing Downp. 109
More Than One Personp. 117
A Crash Course in Flyingp. 125
National Championships and Other Vagariesp. 129
The Nebraska Cyclep. 135
More Than Winningp. 143
A Difficult Road to Walkp. 153
Epilogue: Honoring Himp. 159
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