Former Nebraska coach Frank Solich will be announced as Ohio University's new football coach at a 1 p.m. ET news conference Thursday.
The Bobcats started the season 3-2 before losing four straight games to MAC foes. Ohio finished 4-7, 2-4 in the MAC, under coach Brian Knorr. Knorr compiled a record of 11-35 in four seasons, with records of 1-10 in his first and 2-10 in his third year on the job. The university announced it will honor the final year of Knorr's five-year contract.
Solich, one of the most successful college coaches of the past decade was fired by Nebraska after the 2003 regular season despite a 9-3 record and berth in the Alamo Bowl. He posted a 59-19 record (.753 winning percentage) in six season at the Big 12 school, but took over for the legendary Tom Osborne.
The Cornhuskers won at least a share of the national title in three of Osborne's final four seasons, and Solich was unable to match that level of success.
Solich was 42-9 in his first four seasons. He was Big 12 coach of the year in 1999 and 2001, won the '99 conference title and his team played for the national championship after the '01 season.
Under new coach Bill Callahan this season, the Cornhuskers went
5-6 and failed to qualify for a bowl for the first time in 35
Ohio has only two winning seasons since 1982. The Bobcats went
7-4 in 2000 under Jim Grobe, who left after that season to coach
The Bobcats have a .492 all-time winning percentage, and haven't played in the postseason since a 49-42
loss to Richmond in the 1968 Tangerine Bowl.
Ohio has played in only one other bowl game, losing the 1962 Sun
Bowl to West Texas State, 15-14.
The Associated Press contributed to this report