Nebraska Athletic Director Tom Osborne Tuesday faced a video camera and offered his opinions on a variety of topics, including recently announced raises for NU's football coaching staff and public speculation on major athletic conference expansion.
Osborne said he tries to take a fair approach to coaching salaries and was pleased that Bo Pelini's recent raise moved him to fifth among Big 12 head football coaches and his staff to third and "very close to second" in the league.
Cautioning fans not to believe everything they read in the newspaper or see on television, Osborne said he thinks it's very important that people not react to media speculation about a possible change in landscape for Division I athletics. "These things need to be taken with a grain of salt, and nobody should get too excited at the present time," he said.
Osborne also provided a quick update on the new Student Life Center, which is a fundamental part of the NU Athletic Department mission, and shared his thoughts on the Huskers' record-setting women's basketball team and the national attention it continues to create.
Like Pelini, who publicly supported Doc Sadler at a sold-out football recruiting banquet in Lincoln, Osborne offered his strong support of Nebraska's head basketball coach. Osborne said that with six or seven first-year players, the Huskers' future is "reasonably bright" and next year's team should be "much improved" when injured standouts Toney McCray and Christopher Niemann return.
"Doc is a very positive person," Osborne said. "He's done a great job of coaching, and I have great confidence in him."
Osborne Tuesday also expressed confidence in this week's surgery for Charlie Greene, who received a new kidney from a donor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) in Omaha. A gold and bronze medalist in the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, Greene is a volunteer Life Skills consultant and a volunteer Special Olympics liaison for the Nebraska Athletic Department.
Linda Greene, Charlie's wife, said her husband was moved from the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) to a regular room on Wednesday morning. After receiving a phone call from transplant specialists late Sunday night, Greene was driven to UNMC where blood and tissue tests confirmed a donor match. He underwent a more than four-hour surgery Monday morning.
Linda Greene said her husband will remain in the hospital anywhere from five more days to two weeks, depending on his progress.