OMAHA, Neb. -- Ohio football head coach Frank Solich will receive the Tom Osborne Legacy Award this evening at the Werner Award Dinner, which will take place at the Downtown DoubleTree Hotel in Omaha.
The Tom Osborne Legacy Award is established to recognize an individual who is a "Winner On and Off the Field". A national search is conducted and candidates are selected by the Outland Trophy Tom Osborne Legacy Award Committee.
Selection criteria for the Tom Osborne Legacy Award includes:
• Candidate predominately played, coached and/ or made extraordinary contributions to the interior line of college football; and/or made contributions to the Outland Trophy.
• Candidate exhibited the characteristics of integrity, sportsmanship and fair play associated with Tom Osborne.
• Candidate continues to demonstrate a record of leadership in the community and continues to hold a record of good citizenship within and beyond the athletic field that is consistent with one of the award sponsors, Rotary Club of Omaha's primary motto, "Service Above Self".
Solich is set to become the fifth recipient of the Tom Osborne Legacy Award, joining past winners Milt Tenopir, Jim Ridlon, Barry Switzer and Bobby Bowden.
Solich, who was named the 2019 president of the American Football Coaches Association on Monday (Jan. 7), just wrapped up his 14th season as the head coach at Ohio.
The Bobcats have gone 106-75 (.586) under Solich, who has guided Ohio to four Mid-American Conference East Division titles, 10 bowl game appearances and the first four bowl victories in program history. Ohio defeated Utah State, 24-23, in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl in 2011, knocked off ULM, 45-14, in the Advocare V100 Independence Bowl in '12, rolled to a 41-6 win over UAB in the Bahamas Bowl in 2017, and, most recently, shut out San Diego State, 27-0, in the 2018 DXL Frisco Bowl, becoming the first MAC program to record a shutout in a bowl game. The Bobcats have won at least nine games in a season six times under Solich -- including each of the last two years. Under Solich's watch, the Bobcats have tallied 103 All-MAC selections over the last 14 years.
Solich arrived in Athens after six seasons as the head coach at the University of Nebraska and owns a career coaching record of 164-94 (.636). He spent nearly 30 years as part of the Nebraska program as a player, assistant coach and head coach. Solich was an All-Big Eight fullback at Nebraska in the 1960s and was a longtime assistant coach under Osborne before succeeding him as the head coach of the Cornhuskers in 1998. A Big 12 Coach of the Year winner in 1999 and 2001, Solich produced nine-win seasons in five of his six years as head coach of the Huskers. In 1999, 2000 and '01, he generated 12, 10 and 11 win seasons, respectively. He also generated six-consecutive bowl appearances including a 2001 run at the national championship against Miami (Fla.) in the Rose Bowl.