The Huskers haven't won a conference championship since sharing the Big Seven title in 1949-50, and they're winless in six NCAA tournament appearances. They haven't been to the national tournament since 1998 and haven't produced an NBA draft pick since 1999.
Nebraska showed promise last season, stringing together 11 straight wins for the longest streak since 1991. A win over third-ranked Texas improved the Huskers to 18-8 and 6-6 in the Big 12 and kept them in the NCAA tournament conversation into late February.
But their hopes were dashed after they lost four of their next five games, and then they were blown out at Wichita State in their NIT opener.
Osborne said he had no candidates in mind to fill the position, which opened just a few hours after Bruce Weber was fired at Illinois.
"The thing we'd like to do, certainly, is number one have someone with integrity, that's something that's going to be paramount, someone that is concerned about academics," Osborne said. "You're looking for a special person, somebody who can do all those things and still win a fair amount of basketball games. Believe me, winning isn't everything. You look at the process, you look at recruiting, you look at how things are going. At some point if you do enough things right, the winning takes care of itself."
Osborne acknowledged that Nebraska is still widely viewed as a football-first school and not a potential basketball power.
"That doesn't mean that it can't be," he said. "I don't subscribe to the theory that this is a football school and this is a basketball school and never the two will meet."
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