The interim tag is off - Tom Osborne is Nebraska's athletic director.
Chancellor Harvey Perlman announced yesterday that Osborne, 70, would remain as athletic director until June 30, 2010.
Ten years removed from his celebrated coaching career, Osborne returned to the university as interim athletic director Oct. 16, the day after Steve Pederson was fired.
Osborne, whose annual salary is $250,000, oversees a 23-sport program that runs on a $66.7 million budget.
Mangino -- Kansas' Mark Mangino was named the Associated Press Coach of the Year. In Mangino's sixth season, long-woeful Kansas won a school-record 11 games, had two All-Americans and earned a spot in the Bowl Championship Series for the first time.
Florida State -- Coach Bobby Bowden called off an afternoon practice yesterday to meet with his players, about two dozen of whom are expected to be suspended for the Music City Bowl for involvement in an academic cheating scandal. The university, citing federal privacy laws, has not identified the athletes being disciplined for cheating on an online music history exam.
West Virginia -- Florida assistant coach Doc Holliday was back in Gainesville yesterday, one day after interviewing for the Mountaineers' head coaching job. Holliday is Florida's safeties coach and associate head coach.
Michigan -- Rich Rodriguez started his new job yesterday by watching Michigan practice, while terms of his $4 million buyout at West Virginia remained unresolved. His resignation as Mountaineers coach was moved up from Jan. 3 to midnight Tuesday, a West Virginia spokesman said.
Florida -- A misdemeanor battery charge against defensive end Jermaine Cunningham was dropped, two weeks after he was arrested for allegedly hitting a restaurant worker with a sandwich and cups.