At Nebraska, Tom Osborne is afraid not to listen to Ndamukong Suh

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Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh is an influential man at his alma mater.

Before Nebraska hired Tim Miles as its basketball coach, Athletic Director Tom Osborne heard from Suh, who knows Miles through a mutual friend and wanted him to get the job. Osborne said Suh’s word carries a lot of weight.

“When Ndamukong calls, I always listen. And if I don’t listen,” Osborne told the Omaha World-Herald, “he’ll break my neck.”

Anyone who knows how universities work knows that the threat of breaking someone’s neck isn’t as much of an incentive to act as the promise of a multimillion-dollar donation. And that means Suh, who has donated $2.6 million to Nebraska, gets his opinions heard.

Even without having to threaten to break anyone’s neck.